Art mixes with the aquatic for Paris Cou­ture Week

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Art, color and aquatic mus­ing de­fined yes­ter­day's en­er­getic in­stall­ment of Paris Cou­ture week - with fash­ion in­sid­ers dash­ing from fall-win­ter col­lec­tions to celebrity-filled soirees. Here are some of the high­lights. Schi­a­par­elli's love of art turns di­aphanous Elsa Schi­a­par­elli has fa­mously blurred the lines be­tween fash­ion and art. De­signer Ber­trand Guyon took the iconic Parisian cou­turier's pas­sion for paint­ing yes­ter­day to pro­duce a di­aphanous col­lec­tion of cou­ture gowns that flut­tered by guests at Paris' Place Ven­dome. With hints of the 1930s drap­ing styles and high necks that de­fined the late Schi­a­par­elli's hey­day, Guyon placed al­lu­sions to Cu­bism and Sur­re­al­ism at the heart of the show.

A flame red heart made of silk ruf­fles adored the waist of a vo­lu­mi­nous, lay­ered black tulle bustier gown. A white tuxedo jacket sported an em­broi­dery of a sparkling eye and mo­tifs of moons at dif­fer­ent stages of shadow sparkled on a bodice. A drag­on­fly belt clasp gave a silk bustier dress in ochre a mag­i­cal qual­ity. It wasn't just nos­tal­gia, though in the 36-gown col­lec­tion. Guyon added some stylish con­tem­po­rary twists. The front lapel of a square mono­chrome jacket was cut to evoke Cu­bism - the side of a guitar, along­side a panel fea­tur­ing a mu­si­cal score. The look then frothed out thanks to a sheer tulle skirt, and knee-high leather boots gave it a street-wise kick.

Iris Van Her­pen hits 10 years, goes aquatic

Cel­e­brat­ing ten years at the helm of her fash­ion house, lauded con­cep­tual cou­ture de­signer Iris Van Her­pen took a wa­tery trip down me­mory lane for her mes­mer­iz­ing, aquatic cou­ture spec­ta­cle. The near-il­lu­sion­ist back­drop had guests reach­ing for their cam­eras. Van Her­pen has a pen­chant for the dra­matic and yes­ter­day's show did not dis­ap­point: Mu­si­cians were en­cased in­side a wa­ter-filled tank with in­stru­ments to ac­com­pany the col­lec­tion.

The wa­ter theme dripped out into the sur­real, brood­ing cou­ture cre­ations that re­vis­ited the Dutch wun­derkind's sig­na­ture fu­sion of or­ganic forms with tech­nol­ogy and me­chan­ics. White gowns, con­structed of ten­drils or fibers, pro­voked myr­iad in­ter­pre­ta­tions - evok­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously the lines of a sound wave, the rip­pling sea or the gills of a fish. The sil­hou­ettes were var­ied but in­fused with large Asian-style sleeves and ex­ag­ger­ated pro­por­tions. Mo­tifs on a floor-length Asian-style gown re­sem­bled fos­sils buried at the bot­tom of the sea, while a curved front panel of a skirt jut­ted out three-di­men­sion­ally like the sil­very, me­tal­lic fins of a fish.

Carla Bruni signs at Amfar din­ner

Pop­star and for­mer French First Lady Carla Bruni ser­e­naded VIP guests at AmfAR's fundrais­ing din­ner and auc­tion at Paris' Petit Palais to raise money for the global fight against HIV and AIDS. Bruni sang her new song "En­joy the Si­lence," as well as a soul­ful ren­di­tion of The Rolling Stones' "Miss You," be­fore the en­er­getic auc­tion be­gan Sun­day night.

Among the ob­jects was a rare print of a pub­lic­ity shot of late singer David Bowie for his LP "Di­a­mond Dogs" - taken by pho­tog­ra­pher Terry O'Neill - that was snapped up for 20,000 eu­ros ($22,700). And a week on a 44-me­ter (144foot) yacht went un­der the ham­mer for 115,000 eu­ros ($130,800). The evening also marked the Paris launch of amfAR's new fra­grance, Gala, which was con­ceived as a trib­ute to the Foun­da­tion's found­ing in­ter­na­tional chair­man, El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor, the first celebrity to have her own line of fra­grances.

Chaumet's se­cret circus party

"The Artist" star Berenice Bejo, Span­ish ac­tress Rossy de Palma and "Harry Pot­ter" star Cle­mence Poesy were among guests at jew­eler Chaumet's circus-themed gala Sun­day night that aims to pro­mote its up­com­ing high jew­elry line. VIPS guests were picked up out­side Chaumet's Place Ven­dome head­quar­ters by a vin­tage 1936 bus and jerk­ily driven to a se­cret location, slurp­ing cham­pagne.

There were gasps of won­der as the bus pulled up to the "Musee des Arts Fo­rains," a lit­tle-known pri­vate mu­seum near the Seine River that houses a col­lec­tion of fun­fair ob­jects. In­side, guests saw merry-go-rounds, per­form­ers and a hall of mir­rors and were served candy floss in a sur­real recre­ated fun­fair. Chaumet is show­cas­ing its sparkling de­signs at the end of Paris Cou­ture Week. — AP

Mod­els present cre­ations by Iris Van Her­pen dur­ing the 2017 fall/win­ter Haute Cou­ture col­lec­tion in Paris yes­ter­day. — AP/AFP pho­tos

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