At Valentino there was yet another flourish of femininity but this time it was topped off with a sprinkle of romantic renaissance decadence. High necked, ruffs and puffy sleeves oozed sophistication and the gowns, where shall I begin with the gowns? Let's start with the one second from the bottom. I just had to include this due to its pure opulence. Just look at the jewel encrusted detail of the dark champagne coloured garment. It is a gown synonymous with couture and red carpets. Smoking slippers and crisp trousers nod towards androgyny but the skirts paired with pussy bow blouses ensured that the main theme was to embrace girlishness.
So from the renaissance we come speeding up the space age designs. These outfits make me think of super heroes which could be a metaphor for female empowerment. The tightly pulled back hair makes sure that the models look tough (even in the floaty dresses which I had to include every colour of because they are simply gorgeous.) Each style seems to represent something different. The black and gold outfits are certainly quintessentially space age. The next outfit down is more fitting for work wear; smart jackets never go a miss. The next one down utters space age but can be dressed up and down for day or night. Then we have the floaty dresses. The first one blatantly conjures up images of the ocean. One that maintains its beauty throughout the stormiest of nights. The coral tones of the next dress remind me of a beautiful species of fish and last one is for a fairy look. The orange rara dress is just great for any smart or smart/casual events.
Jean Paul Gaultier
Panning through the seventy Amy Winehouse inspired looks reminded me of what an icon Amy really was and also how aesthetically pleasing John Galliano is as a brand. Somehow there managed to be the right balance between beehives, eyeliner, somewhat tarty '50s clothing and the sophistication that one expects from couture. The bubblegum pink hair was a personal favourite. The whole collection was a kaleidoscope of colours and patterns. However, this collection did seem to coincide with other spring/summer catwalk trends; the peplum, the anorak, the '50s.The spectrum ranged from the blue maxi dress with matching hair to just a corset with tights and heels to revive last season's sexuality that has now been taken over by pretty innocence. It was a charming tribute to the late Amy Winehouse.
All images in this post from style.com