The first day of Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris marked the comeback of two couturiers: Fred Sathal and Stéphanie Coudert. We explored Sathal’s Couleur Lumière collection, which was crossed by threads, sequins, and glitter that deflect light, making each garment a unique piece of art. Coudert created a vision that referenced the past by showcasing medieval cone hats, but retained a modern aura in her sophisticated silhouettes.
After several years of absence, French designer Fred Sathal opened haute couture fashion week on a fashionably late note. Audience members were awakened by an explosion of colourful sequined garments, some designed with graphic lined prints. A myriad of colours left a tie-dye impression on wide-legged trousers and loose fitted tunics. Standout pieces included a pierced, sequined mini-cape in multi-colours and a dynamic fur coat. Several looks were quite loud with the combination of fringe, sequins, and rainbow colours, but proved to be excellent in photographs.
Regality reigned over the catwalk as Stephanie Coudert boomeranged back onto the runway and travelled back in time with a Dark-Age inspired oeuvre. Debuting her first couture collection at Paris’s Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, Coudert demonstrated a monarchical mastery of artful couture after taking a ten-year break from design. Verdant outerwear was hyperbolized with subtle, impeccable detailing, while voluminous knits were matched with vibrant sand-coloured accents. The young designer’s lissom, geometric print dresses were injected with a sophisticated medieval touch, taking inspiration from Eleanor of Aquitaine (one of the most influential Duchesses of the 12th century). Instead of crowns, the models wore Mugler-esque headpieces; complimenting Coudert’s impeccably-tailored silhouettes crafted for a modern empress. The collection was not only a triumphant royal wave to the past but a royal handshake solidifying Coudert’s future in Haute Couture.
Words / Sheri Chiu & Chloe Rash