20 September, 2020

A La Française

A La Française
As a weak January sun smiles down on the streets of Paris, spring is already in the air for the Paris fashion week. Last year's explosion of colourful, feminine looks were reiterated on the ramp this year. A motley group of friends, including Vir Sanghvi and Kavita Bhartia, was found viewing the Chanel couture collection. Haute couture, the most expensive branch of fashion, is assumed to be snobbish and celebrity-driven. In actuality, it is one of the few remaining areas of true creativity where the skills of the atelier match the imagination of the designer. Here, unlike in ready-to-wear, craft is still sacred to costume and the Parisian traditions represented by embroiders like Lesage, or plumassiers like Lemarie, still reign. These are often the real, if anonymous, stars of couture.

The Chanel show is a surreal serenade, set in a minimalist French garden. The models are tall, narrow porcelain figures. Their tulle skirts, pompadour bows, trailing ball gowns and white feather wig hats, and the...



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