Schiaparelli Haute Couture – Spring 2018

Bertrand Guyon’s African-flavored display was an homage to founder Elsa Schiaparelli’s Pagan Collection.

How is it that in 2018, an African reference on a catwalk looks like a bold statement? Bertrand Guyon said his spring couture display for Schiaparelli was a nod to founder Elsa Schiaparelli’s Pagan Collection of 1938, best known for its Surrealist beetle necklace and gold leaf embroidery.

His modern-day interpretation ranged from blouses embroidered with bugs or trimmed with feathers, embellished safari jackets worn belted over shorts, and ethereal gowns with beaded or embroidered designs evoking a fantasy jungle.

“It was an evocation of an imaginary voyage — a Renaissance-era Lady from Scotland or England traveling to ancestral Africa — but it wasn’t a collection about Africa per se. I wanted to revisit the idea of goddesses in the natural universe,” he explained backstage after the show.

By Joelle Diderich

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