Monday, July 1, 2013

Schiaparelli Haute Couture Collection debuted for Fall/Winter 2013

Hello All,

As shown on, designer Christian Lacroix debuted the first collection of Schiaparelli Haute Couture collection today in Paris at the Les Arts Décoratifs since its closing in 1954.  If you are unfamiliar Elsa Schiaparelli, she was an Italian fashion designer, and the biggest rival of French fashion designer, Coco Chanel.  Schiaparelli, also known as "Schiap" to her friends and family, started her career in fashion in 1926.  Although she did not have any sewing, draping, or drawing skills, she created many beautiful garments, and was one of the most sought-after designers.

one of Schiaparelli's actual designs

The 18 piece collection will be on display through Haute Couture Fashion Week, which will be through July 3, by invitation only, and thereafter by appointment at the original Schiaparelli salons on Place Vendôme.  Schiaparelli was known for adding the color "shocking pink" throughout all of her collections. As stated in the  Stylesight article, "this hue was carried through in the whimsical fur accessories – in sumptuous draped gowns, nipped jackets, and ornately embroidered coats and capes that nodded as much to Schiaparelli’s embellished tailoring of the ’30s as they did Lacroix’s own couture at the height of his success, in the late ’80s and early ’90s".

Until Next Time!

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