My second day of Paris Couture Week didn’t start out well as my train from Rambouillet into Paris was running late. Then, once I got into Paris, the metro also was not running properly! Luckily for me, the show that I was rushing to attend was also running late. Making my way through the city, I reached the Garde Républicaine’s training hall and entered through the massive ornate metal doors. I found my seat and settled in for the show. The only problem was the show ended up starting one hour and fifteen minutes late. I sat and watched over half of the photographers leave, along with many of the front row attendees including many of the fashion editors. The hall was not heated, and many guests who did stay, along with myself were almost frozen to our chairs once the show started!
Finally, the music started and the curtain opened. A giant mechanical straw figure appeared and began to walk down the runway following singer, Kimbra who carried a single black balloon. There were 6 people behind the large puppet creating its movements, which was quite a spectacular show! Click on the video to see the amazing figure move on the runway.
The models started down the runway dressed in varying silhouettes, jacquard fit-and-flare dresses, and multi-layered handkerchief hems with hand painted textiles. The pieces showed an influence of different cultures, evidently pointing to the fact that this show was titled “Voyages”.
Overall, this collection had some beautiful fabrics and textures. Personally, it was not my favorite collection, and felt that the theatrics and the late start really took away from the show. I thought the cultural influences were too literal in this collection, and almost felt “costume like.” I did however, enjoy watching the mechanics behind the giant straw figure as it moved down the runway!