Review: Haute Couture Fall / Winter 2017

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The Haute Couture Fall / Winter 2017 are over and Veronika reviews her top moments, including Maison Valentino, Chanel & many more

This season’s Sunday kick-off was rather unusual with more and more “off-topic” collections such as Miu Miu – and it wasn’t the first time it showed its Resort Collection with a fabulous presentation and party during Haute Couture – while Hermès made sense as a French luxury goods house. But then there was also Proenza Schouler and Rodarte. These American brands didn’t just change their timeslot from September to July and show their Spring/Summer 2018 collections early, but also moved cities from New York to Paris. A few of those collections were so beautiful they could have easily been mistaken for the real deal.

One thing this season was a very general “outdoorsy” slant in the choice of show locations. We had already seen so many lovely choices a week earlier during the presentation of the men’s collections, from Balenciaga’s A Walk in the Park to Rick Owens Palais de Tokyo pond setting. Everyone who was there knows that it looks better in pictures than it felt in person, especially during the extreme heatwave.

Favourite collection: Valentino

I have to admit that leaving Paris without being able to see this show made me realize that I definitely live for this stuff – it’s the art and craft of couture that’s my personal holy grail. Luckily there’s social media these days, so I could witness the true beauty of this Fall/Winter collection through live Instagram Stories feeds and all my friends’ posts. It was especially Vika (Gazinskaya) that had the chance to catch some very special moments getting ready with the help of “les petites mains” before the models walked out. Pierpaolo Piccoli managed to show what couture means today by being elaborate, yet pure and romantic. In a simple way. Truly modern.

Favorite setting: Chanel

Every time I walk into the Grand Palais on “Chanel Day” I have to pinch myself all over again. This time the models were parading under a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower. It surely was not a coincidence, because after the second show – and lucky me, sweltering in the 12 noon Paris summer heat was totally worth it – Karl Lagerfeld was awarded the Grand Vermeil de la Ville de Paris medal by Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris. This medal, as the press release claims, represents the highest distinction in the City of Paris rewarding his creativity and his impact on the influence of Parisian fashion around the world. Bravo!

Favorite Jewelry: Repossi

Everything here was beautifully done, starting with the location and ending with the stunning pieces. Gaia chose to show her Two Works presentation in the Musée Picasso located in the Marais. For me, the masterpiece was the combination of her unique and, of course, incredibly precious jewelry in the entry area and her admirable statement jewelry upstairs. And it was all mixed in between the art and those amazing Giacometti chandeliers. It was definitely an experience.

Favorite Fashion Exhibition: Dior

Showing the full history of the world’s biggest fashion brand is already a people-magnet in its own right. Despite rushing through this huge body of incredible masterpieces and art, I got happier and happier the more I got to see. The color-coordinated room with the miniatures was among my favorites – and also the realization that basically every boot Raf Simons ever created for Dior was on display and on my “forever” wish list. Line up now! Or even better, pre-order tickets. This exhibit is definitely a big DO!

And, of course, here are my not-to-miss favorite moments of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior show:

Check out some more of my favorites here:

The Haute Couture Fall / Winter 2017 took place from July, 2nd until July 6th 2017 in Paris.

Born and raised in Munich/Germany, Veronika’s professional career has developed from being a model to a fashion editor, to online luxury retailing and most recently style editor of Harpers Bazaar Germany. She currently lives in Berlin where in the beginning of 2015 she started a company with Julia Knolle, the ex-editor at large of Vogue Digital.
Oh, and she loves pugs!