Runway Report: Schiaparelli

Under Schiaparelli’s new creative director, Bertrand Guyon, Schiaparelli Couture F/W 2015 told a tale of haunting romance, as fancifully reminiscent as Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” The collection brought timeless shapes into new eras: with opulent details and breathtaking textiles. Guyon’s couture pieces gave a modern take on the whimsical Schiaparelli woman, with a touch of post-impressionism.

Each one of Guyon’s models were meticulously dressed and made up, creating a streamlined narrative from start to finish. The collection opened with the warrior: a silky black pantsuit with flourishing gold beading. It then metamorphosed into a string of looser textiles and shapes, including new takes on the classic fur jacket and vest with masterful use of color. Finally, the collection closed with a romantically haunting impression; flowing gowns of signature Schiaparelli hues: golds, navys, and bright fuchsias. The collection begins with a fighter, and ends with a lover.

Guyon told us a story of evolution, of the cacooned Schiaparelli woman’s transformation into a butterfly. Guyon plays with this notion of constriction and freedom so brilliantly, that the collection would even leave Cézanne wanting more. It certainly left us wanting more!

About the Author

Alanna Martine Kilkeary is currently a junior at Fordham University, Lincoln Center. She is concentrating in English and pursuing a Fashion minor. She is the founder and mastermind behind Killer Queen, a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle site, as well as the WEAR Editor at the Lala. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @alanna_martine.