Dad jeans, Snapchat and Chanel's new bride: 5 things that happened at Haute Couture Fashion Week

Published 27th January 2017
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Dad jeans, Snapchat and Chanel's new bride: 5 things that happened at Haute Couture Fashion Week
Written by Allyssia Alleyne, CNN
Today marks the end of Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, where the world's most prestigious design houses debuted their Spring-Summer 2017 collections in elaborately staged runway shows.
To capture the most memorable moments, CNN Style commissioned fashion illustrator Velwyn Yossy to illustrate the highlights in her distinctive water colors.

Mad science

Once again, Dutch designer Iris van Herpen was unrivaled in her use of innovative technology. Her monochromatic dresses -- designed on the computer, made from synthetic materials, and molded by hand -- seemed like walking optical illusions.
"I am perpetually amazed by Iris' continuous innovation and cross-exploration in fashion design, architecture and technology," Yossy says.
Also bucking convention, Viktor & Rolf revamped damaged dresses with patches of mismatched luxury fabrics. The seams were trimmed with gold, recalling the Japanese art of kintsugi, where broken ceramics are reassembled with gold, silver or platinum along the cracks.

Chanel's new bride

At Chanel, Lily-Rose Depp, the 17-year-old daughter of Johnny Depp and French actress Vanessa Paradis, had the honor of being the bride -- that is, the last model to walk the runway in the show's most extravagant look. She walked with Karl Lagerfeld in a diaphanous pink gown with a tiered skirt and oversized, ruffled sleeves as he acknowledged the audience.

Beautiful and bizarre

What would couture week be without the true eccentrics fusing wit and artistry on the runway? At Maison Margiela, John Galliano showed a mastery of both with two faces: one, a smoke-like face made of black tulle, hand-shaped by artist Benjamin Shine; the other, what seems to be a riff on the vomiting-rainbows Snapchat lens embroidered onto a white tulle shirt.
"Galliano managed to capture the essence of an artistic youth with his bold and expressive collection," Yossy said, though it was his décortiqué hat that she was most drawn to.

Romantic debuts

Following her feminism-infused ready-to-wear debut in September, Dior designer Maria Chiuri Grazia elaborated on her vision for the brand with a collection of whimsical gowns (think full skirts, tulle and flowers) shown in an indoor labyrinth of leaves and moss.
But while Grazia stole the bulk of the spotlight with her fairytale designs, it was also a big moment for her former partner, Pierpaolo Piccioli, who showed his first couture collection as a solo designer at Valentino.
"Continuing with Valentino's essence, Pierpaolo Piccioli's reimagines a statuesque and understated perfection in his solo debut," Yossy said.

Low-key glamor

At the other end of the spectrum, Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia showed an unconventional collection of disparate looks that wouldn't look out of place walking along your local high street.
Light-wash dad jeans, studded leather jackets and hoodies were shown alongside a knee-length fur coat, silk dresses and, in a tongue-in-cheek reference to couture tradition, a billowing wedding gown.
The show was polarizing, but the brand has once again forced the fashion community -- as well as shoppers -- to reevaluate the meaning of luxury and value.