The last day of digital shows at Paris Couture Week started with John Galliano’s initial teaser for his Maison Margiela Artisanal Coed Collection.
Galliano will show the collection in a manner that couldn’t be done live (at least no one has tried it): in installments. Today’s teaser will be followed by two others, on July 11 and 15 and the culmination, on July 16, which a brand statement referred to as “a final revelation.”
Guo Pei brought a herd of giraffes, elephants and zebras to life via three-dimensional embroideries in an artfully crafted but cartoonlike collection.
Elie Saab offered a preview of the inspiration for his upcoming collection that will be revealed in September. Entitled “The Sound of the Sacred Source,” the 90-second film offers close-ups of hand-embroidered beadwork and glimpses of sketches, juxtaposing flashes of couture handiwork with nature scenes. A woman’s perfectly manicured hand slides across cracked earth, insects buzz, rain drops fall and water splashes. An electronic soundtrack is punctuated with sounds of the outdoors, a steaming iron and fabric being unfurled.
Bouchra Jarrar’s short black-and-white film, directed by Marcel Hartmann, takes place mostly at her home, where she unveiled her comeback collection. She cast twin sisters Aissa and Aida Kane to bring her quiet, impeccable clothes to life, which they do with much tenderness, whether hugging on the sofa, or rambling through a park and laughing.
“I wanted to express vitality,” said Jarrar, who also found salvation during lockdown in the Bois de Boulogne, where she took her new Australian Shepherd, Nash, for frequent walks. Watch out for the pup’s brief, heart-melting cameo in her charming film.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON (JEAN PAUL GAULTIER):
Jean Paul Gaultier opened its doors and shared the behind the scenes of its Haute-Couture House. The film is showcased within the Events section of the calendar.
JULIE DE LIBRAN:
Grace can easily be attributed to Pierpaolo Piccioli’s work for Valentino.
On Wednesday, the designer teased the brand’s couture performance, which will be held in Rome’s Cinecittà Studios on July 21, with a brief video by Nick Knight called “Of Grace and Light,” shown on the digital platform of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.
Knight played with light, delivering intriguing images of a shrouded, veiled woman dancing gracefully to music by FKA Twigs, a soundtrack chosen personally by the singer and composer.
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