The Best From Couture SS18

The Best From Couture SS18

Cutting through the noise that is men's fashion week and the upcoming women's fashion month, couture makes its quiet yet deafening appearance. For 2018, the year seems to be off to an interesting start, with Clare Waight Keller presenting her first couture show for Givenchy while controversy circled around Ulyana Sergeenko. But despite the news worthy bites, the pieces, as always, highlighted the craftsmanship behind fashion, bringing back faith to the sceptics.


Art and fashion have, through time, been consortiums. Dior and Jean-Paul Gaultier taking inspiration from historical art movements. Maria Grazia Chiuri based Dior's collection of surrealist artist Leonor Fini, where she adopted motifs of the movement to the gown. Rendered mostly in a black and white hue, the pieces featured optical designs and warped geometric shapes. Similarly, Jean Paul Gaultier took inspiration from the Op Art movement, where black and white with shocks of bright colours ran at the fore of the collection. Graphic illusions complemented the Swinging Sixties silhouettes - tailored suits, shift dresses and fringed outfits.

Avant- Garde

As a guest member of this season's couture calendar, A.F. Vandevorst proved their worth amongst the schedule's veterans. The duo used noteworthy materials that one would not normally have associated with highbrow luxury. Plastic, garbage bags and latex were reworked into tailored outerwear, ruffled long length skirts and headpieces.

True to John Galliano's avant-garde style, Maison Margiela's conceptual collection still wowed the crowd. Making use of technical fabrics, the line-up was visually arresting - holographic and duochrome fabrics were integrated into trench coat dresses and structured bustiers. With bold lips and glittering hairstyles to match, the collection was a true show of Galliano's exceptional creativity.

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