Runway Report: Schiaparelli SS18 Couture

The Spring 2018 Schiaparelli Haute Couture show whisked guests away to far off lands and into the arms of Mother Nature.  The collection transcended notions of old, new, near, or far.  Tribal undertones and hints of kingdoms – animal, Elizabethan, Moorish, and otherwise – were all present in the intricate designs and ever-shifting silhouettes that graced the runway overlooking Place Vendôme

Schiaparelli brought alchemy to live and revelled in its diversity of outcomes.  The show commenced with a long, bright, asymmetric block pattern dress.  The second look integrated a gingham mini skirt paired with a plaid blazer.  The third look was a silk white button down blouse embroidered with various large, black insects.  The shirt was paired flowing safari pants and accompanied by a woven rope handbag.  A blazer mini-dress made of thick black and dark green linen, featuring ornately embroidered pockets, and rimmed with black tribal fringe at the chest and hemline caught our eye as did an exotic feathered jumpsuit.

Throughout the entire show, what was most celebrated, besides the vast beauty and magic of the feminine and the Tree of Life, was artisan craftsmanship and work of the hand.  The ordinary – linen, rope, even plastic shopping bags – was made beautiful.  The mundane was creatively integrated with materials like embroidered silks, Swarovski mother-of-pearl beads, python marquetry, and ornate feathers.

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Sarah Berner is a fashion industry advisor, investor, and business leader. She is particularly passionate about brands that empower women and fashion for the woman on the go, given her non-stop schedule that traverses the many disparate dress codes of Manhattan and beyond. While she spends an inordinate amount of time in Gucci slides, her favorite accessory is Luddie her 5-lbs Chihuahua. You can follow her on Instagram @saraheberner.