It has been revealed that there will be three new couturiers at the upcoming Paris Couture Week fall 2016, namely Iris Van Herpen, Guo Pei and Aouadi. They have all been selected by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to participate as guest members in the upcoming Haute Couture Fashion Week, set to run in Paris from January 24 to 29, 2016. This Paris Couture Week is thus officially expanding its horizons, injecting a new life and some thrilling cosmopolitan inspirations into the couture fashion industry.
It is indeed a great opportunity for Iris Van Herpen, Guo Pei and Aouadi, given the fact that the group of Fashion Houses, which enjoy the Haute Couture label is reviewed annually, opening its doors to all those who have been appointed as guest members for two years in a row. Among the most famous grands couturiers we may find: Christian Dior, Givenchy, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
So, who’s behind these new appointments? Let’s start off with the first Chinese designer ever appointed as a guest member – Guo Pei. While many of you may still vividly remember one of her most discussed creations, namely Rihanna’s canary yellow Met Gala evening dress, the Chinese fashion designer has a whole lot more to say.
Guo Pei, whose voluminous creations are already a trademark, is one of the top emerging fashion designers in China, and has already opened her first atelier in Paris earlier this year. She is also gaining popularity due to her impressive eclectic style, which manages to appeal both to her Chinese and western customers. She will surely give a strong cosmopolitan feel and a hint of the Chinese haute couture culture to the Parisian Couture Week.
Then there’s 3D enthusiast Iris Van Herpen, who has been perfecting her skills since 2007, after working as an intern at Alexander McQueen, whose influences on Van Herpen’s creations are still palpable. Renowned for her futuristic and post-apocalyptic works, the vanguardistic Dutch designer was one of the first to employ 3D printing at haute couture shows.
According to the designer’s own visions, fashion has always been an expression of art, which is at the same time closely related to a human’s body. We shall thus expect a strong futuristic and almost political turn at this year’s Couture Week, thanks to Van Herpen’s participation.
Last but not least, there’s Yacine Aouadi, a young Marseille-born fashion designer who has gained the Chambre de Syndicale de la Haute Couture’s attention after his off-calendar debut last season.
After working at Studio Berçot and then Balmain, the designer became famous thanks to his acclaimed ‘tattooed’ dress, worn by Cate Blanchet at the New York Film Festival. Aouadi, who enjoys keeping to a palette of dark tonalities, likes to mix modernism with retro patterns, creating some interesting and always sophisticated retro-futuristic pieces. Cate Blanchet’s red carpet dress, for example, skillfully combined Victorian influences with modern cuts and lines, almost looking like an haute couture street-style dress. Thanks to his unique and contemporary touch, this year’s Paris Couture Week has it all, from new artistic techniques to innovative, appealing, styles.
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