Chanel, Christian Dior, Ralph & Russo, Viktor & Rolf, Schiaparelli, Giambattista Valli, Alexandre Vauthier, Maison Margiela, Valentino, Ronald van der Kemp & Alexis Mabille

Couture is pure fantasy, if not a brief escape

Couture shows tend to be rather magical. Whether it be as a presentation or runway, the concise collection of artistry presents a tasting board of what a Couture client can feast on. With the COVID pandemic, the magic changed. From a spectacle to the age-old cliche 'a picture paints a thousand words', collections are presented in ways to exude imagination than practicality. It was a smaller showing all around, with the exception of powerhouses like Chanel and Dior presenting collection videos. Chanel's film was a short classic collection capsule, whilst Dior's short was mythological and dreamy but it lacked diversity, a big no-no, especially within the current social climate. Ralph & Russo and Schiaparelli opted to share the collection sketches rather than garments, similar to what an actual Couture client would receive (silver linings of a pandemic I guess? us normal people are privy to the exclusive sketches) Maison Margiela, Valentino and Viktor & Rolf rose to new heights of fantasy. Valentino with longer than life white dresses exaggerated trains putting shame to the humble bedsheet ghost costume. Giambattista Valli and Alexandre Vauthier stuck to their classic codes of flirty and feminine dressing, which whether in or out of a pandemic doesn't it seem like tulle could fix anything?

Fall/Winter Couture 2020 looks are optimistic and dreamy even in a Pandemic