Inside Couture Fashion Week
Couture Fashion Week has seen Paris graced with an array of theatrical designs by fashion houses such as Chanel, Christian Dior and Ralph & Russo. But behind the beautiful gowns there's been a lot more going on which many of you may not know about. From Cara Delevingne’s puppy problems, to Dior’s make-up secrets, we’ve taken a look at the best style moments from the glamorous event.
It was hard to avoid Cara rocking up to the Chanel show with her adorable pet dog Leo on Tuesday (26Jan16), who sat front row with her throughout the presentation. But the pup's presence didn't go without its problems, as he apparently delayed the show by a few minute as he ran about excitedly backstage after spotting a lawn made of real grass. And if creative director Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette was in attendance, who knows what else could've happened!
Luckily Cara's dog handler, geared up in dark jeans and a black leather jacket, swooped in to save the day by carrying the pooch out.
But the model-and-actress wasn't the only one who caught people's eyes during the Chanel event; social media was sent into a frenzy by the presence of South Korean pop star G-Dragon. He's a big hit in his home country, with over seven million followers on Instagram, and turned up to the event looking bizarre in a navy suit adorned with Chanel brooches and a furry Chanel hat. Karl even posed for a photo with the musician, who also managed to squeeze into a group snap with A-listers Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore.
Guests aside, there has been tonnes going on behind the scenes in helping make the shows the best they can be. Make-up played a big part in proceedings, with Christian Dior taking inspiration from an age-old tradition that founder Christian put into motion many moons ago. Peter Philips, the brand's creative and image director for make-up, revealed the designer would send a model in a bright red dress down the catwalk halfway through the show in order to spice things up. Rather than doing the exact same thing, Peter used the notion with the lips of models who appeared in the middle of the show.
“He called it a ‘Coup de Trafalgar,’” Peter explained to WWD. “I really build up a classical red lip.
“I think most designers are inspired by ease. They don’t want anything to look like it’s been overworked. That feels not so modern.”
But at the end of the day, it was the outfits that stole the spotlight. Ralph & Russo particularly stunned audiences after footage of a group of six petites mains (seamstresses who hand-stitch Couture pieces) emerged, helping Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana spin in a wedding dress. Britain's The Daily Telegraph newspaper reveals the dress was made up of 736 metres of ivory tulle, with each sleeve using 22 metres of tulle. Over 50 embroiders took 6,000 hours to add detail to the piece, including crystals and pearls.
So when Couture Fashion Week returns later this year (16) to showcase the next collections remember how much work is put into them!