Fashionistas have been predicting the death of haute couture for over decade, but when the next Paris haute couture season debuts next week, it will boast more live catwalk shows than any fashion season this year.
The opening day of Paris haute couture week ended with three experienced designers -- Giambattista Valli, Julie de Libran and Olivier Theyskens at Azzaro -- showing collections that captured the couture's energy.
Paris had scores of presentations this season as many houses skipped runway events and organized appointments with designers, offering a chance to meet creators from the bohemian Marais to the posh 16th arrondissement.
Theyskens was named creative director of the Parisian luxury house in February, and started working during France’s lockdown period. On Monday, he presented a collection highlighting Azzaro’s atelier work and heritage.
CEOs and designers in Paris fashion are praising Emmanuel Macron for taking decisive action this week in the struggle to control corona virus, even as the industry braces for a disastrous second quarter.
Two contrasting styles did battle on the Parisian catwalks on Friday. One side was all about comfortable fashion with generous volumes, while the other made everything hyper-feminine, ultra-short and skintight.
The house of Azzaro has appointed Olivier Theyskens to be its new Artistic Director, in a surprise move sure to receive an enthusiastic response as he is regarded as one of the industry’s most naturally gifted designers.