Day 3 of Paris Couture Week S/S’2015 saw versatile themes and aesthetics thrown by designers. From Giorgio Armani Prive’s oriental exploration to Bouchra Jarrar’s sleek and sophisticated ensembles, Couture Week in a way rebelled against tradition that it need not always be heavy and embellished but can also be  calm and relaxed…

Bouchra Jarrar: Forget typically-flowy-and-embellished drapes that pop in your head when you think of ‘haute couture’ and replace it with sleek and sophisticated style. This was exactly what Bouchra Jarrar’s collection was all about. Abundant in hound’s-tooth print and lambskin leather, Bouchra Jarrar combined the elements in a manner to give a sharp look to the ensembles. There were a few bold chest-baring pieces that would have gone along very well with the ‘Free the nipple’ campaign. Feminine fabrics like velvet, lace and animal fox fur were also used to add to the grace and opulence.


Julien Fournie: The collection seemed to have been inspired from a middle-eastern collection in terms of colour, drapes and silhouettes. With bling and metallic on full display, the vibe seemed to have been inspired from the 70s’. The colour palate was rust red, cream, light blue, gold, white and silver. With long and flowy drapes in the collection, it possessed a boho or ‘relaxed-couture’ vibe to it. Capes were particularly eye-catching in the collection. There was also heavy embellishment and detail towards the end of the collection which ended with a gold-sequenced Cleopatra-esqe gown.


Giorgio Armani Prive: The Italian luxury brand went oriental this couture season as model walked in the designer’s creations amidst a faux bamboos jungle. Bamboo print in black and soft water colours was the flavor of the collection. The colour scheme initially was soft and subdued with shades like green tea, pastel blue, olive green, cream and light grey, gradually merging towards a darker palate like black, cerulean blue and white. Sheer pleated skirts, harem pants and anti-fit pants gave a relaxed silhouette. Highly embellished U-necks, gowns, also feathered definitely defined couture while kimono jackets and wide silk belts added a sense of quirk.It was a brilliant collection that proved couture need not always be ornate and elaborated but can also be ‘relaxed-couture’


Photo Credits: Vogue UK, Now Fashion