One of the most awaited fashion weeks on the international calendar, the Paris Haute Couture Week concluded on July 8.
The 4-day extravaganza saw luxury couture’s biggest stalwarts, from Chanel to Dior and Giorgio Armani, Elie Saab, Schiaparelli and Balenciaga. It also welcomed India’s brilliant couturiers Rahul Mishra, Vaishali Shadangule, and had an art installation by Chanakya School of Craft, founded by Monica and Karishma of label Jade.
While Mishra had a digital presentation, Shadangule hosted a few invitees in the French capital for a show that was live-streamed online.
July 8: Vaishali S Couture – Breath/Shvaas
This year marked Indian designer Vaishali Shadangule’s debut at the Haute Couture Week. An ardent lover and promoter of Indian heirloom weaves, Vaishali presented her new collection ‘Breath’ in Paris. This milestone moment also coincided with her 20-year anniversary in the fashion industry.
Two years ago, while learning scuba diving she got up close with the underwater world. She wanted to capture its serene beauty in her collection. So she did. The presentation began with a violinist playing a soulful tune on the alfresco ramp. The models strutted down the stage dressed in short and long gowns that displayed Vaishali’s signature, drapes made with cording and knotting techniques. Stunning and every bit elaborate, the collection exploded with a tonal palette of bold reds, whites, yellow, black, purple
July 7: Rahul Mishra – Shape of Air
Rahul Mishra’s digital film opened inside an industrial-styled set-cum-runway with a giant ‘Winds of Change’ art installation by Ruchi and Sanjeev Sharma in the background. Indian models nimbly strolled the space, dressed in Mishra’s Fall Couture 2021, Shape of Air. The couture’s extraordinary theme drawn from the everyday scenes of the Greek island of Santorini enthralled yet calmed the senses.
The gowns, dresses, capes, pant-suits, trousers stood out with elaborate embroideries and delicate ruffle, drape and sculptural details created by Mishra and his team of local karigars. The collection, which paid tribute to Santorini’s five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space, was drenched in colours that mimicked the glistening blue sea, orange sunsets, white clouds, salty air, pink bougainvillea and the coordinated white and blue architecture of the city.
July 5: Chanakya Atelier for Dior
The sartorial prowess of Dior at Haute Couture Week was complemented by another masterpiece created in India. Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri appointed artist Eva Jospin to work on a wall installation that lined Paris’ Musée Rodin, the set and runway where Dior’s live show happened. The walls flaunted vibrant, intricate hand-embroidery by expert artisans of Chanakya Atelier and female students of Chanakya School of Craft located in Mumbai. Chanakya is founded by Jade’s Monica Shah and Karishma Swali.
The installation ‘Chambre de Soie’ combines 150 embroidery techniques and 400 shades of organic silk, jute threads and linen cotton.