There was a distinct Middle Eastern aesthetic in the styling of the fashion show with the jeweled Fez has and draped shawls. Other than that, each ensemble had its own look. Signature Schiaparelli touches were handmade, three dimensional embellishments like the top of overlapping organza stars, large jeweled embroidery that looked like it was executed in a random pattern (but probably the artisan's personal constellation). In fact, each look seemed to have a personal story from the makers or designers with outfit names like "Seamstress in Love" "Battle of Pins" or "Atelier Games". I would love to watch the behind-the-scenes video on the events that inspired that.
There were gorgeous examples of sculptured millinery which I'm sure will be a hit with the Brits. The atelier's own padlock hardware marked the handbags. Jewelry had a similar collaged look with fused metal and jewels. Tailoring was a prominent feature of this collection, but the label took great care to make it look ultra feminine.
It's lovely to see this label back on the Haute Couture runways. I would like to think Elsa Schiaparelli is looking down from her atelier in the sky and smiling.
photos provided by Schiaparelli