The 2022 Spring-Summer Haute Couture show recently kicked off at Paris Fashion Week. Among the highlights were Maison Schiaparelli’s and Dior’s collections for the season. Daniel Roseberry, Artistic Director of Schiaparelli, unveiled a collection dubbed ‘An Age of Discipline’. Roseberry managed to create the theatrics without resorting to gaudy colours and larger than life silhouettes. In fact, he only used three colours in his entire line -- black, white, and the signature Schiaparelli gold.
The collection, which is apparently Inspired by a mythical high priestess, is elegant, and in some measure, luxury, albeit understated given the current world events. With silhouettes that accentuate the human form, and yet paradoxically propped up by meticulously detailed gold structures, the collection exudes magic. It is fashion meeting at the intersection of real and ethereal.
Meanwhile, Dior spun its magic too at the event. The atelier “where head and hands work in concert” played all its greatest hits when it comes to experimentation and the spirit to constantly renew the magical lexicon of haute couture.
The Dior haute couture Spring-Summer 2022 collection, was the work of visionary designer Maria Grazia Chiuri. Embroidery was one of the key features of the line and not just a decorative detail. According to the House, the technique “gives fabric its structure, its architecture”.
The signature of the collection was tights, which draw their dimension from embroidery to establish a lively dialogue with different pieces. The silhouettes featured unique embroidery to establish each piece as indeed special.
The former came about following a meeting between Maria Grazia Chiuri, and the Indian artist couple Madhvi and Manu Parekh, from the Chanakya Atelier and the Chanakya School of Craft. The Mumbai, India-based House is well known for its hand-embroidered products that it exports to several countries.
This confluence of two diametrically different cultures resulted in pieces that were awe-inspiring, while without being over the top, or excessively dramatic.
All in all, the 2022 Spring-Summer Haute Couture show left a lasting impression.