Bella Hadid and Her Stylist Stun at Alexandre Vauthier's Decadent Disco Couture Show
Also on Tuesday in Paris, Armani assembles the starriest front row yet, and Ulyana Sergeenko spins a gangster tale.
Hollywood stylists, the wardrobe wizards behind the most stylish stars, are fixtures at Paris’ haute couture fashion shows, where they go (often accompanying their famous clients) to scout would-be red carpet looks from the world’s most exclusive designers.
And the scene at this season’s fall 2017 couture shows in Paris is no different. On Tuesday night at the Alexandre Vauthier show, Law Roach (long locked stylist to Celine Dion and Zendaya, who are both doing the rounds this week) showed up fashionably late, carrying the biggest Loewe logo bag we’ve ever seen, which he had to wrestle into his seat.
If you had any doubt that oversized bags are in, Elizabeth Sulcer, stylist to models Bella Hadid, Caroline Vreeland and Elsa Hosk, among others, was at the same moment negotiating an oversized hotel shopping bag into her seat. What was in said bag? "Diamonds, lots of them," she replied, gripping the bag tight, and explaining that she had Hadid’s outfit for the evening’s parties (Bulgari, Vogue magazine) in the bag so she could change backstage.
For her part, Sulcer said couture week is a chance for her to look for all kinds of pieces that might work in her styling and editorial life (she contributes to Vogue Spain, Vogue Italia and Vogue Japan, among other titles).
"I'm really into the Helmut Newton, 1990s French Vogue style, but I also love New York street," she said, adding that couture is less about trends and more about "selling the dream" of fashion. One of her highlights so far? The Giambattista Valli show.
But once the Vauthier show started, Sulcer was once again in couture heaven. "I'm dying right now," she said, snapping photos and videos of Hadid, who opened the show in a sheer black long-sleeve top, wide-legged pants and a bedazzled cap, and closed it in a silver embroidered wrap gown, which she had to hold closed over the tops of her legs.
The show space at the Petit Palais was set up like a night club, complete with cushy front row seating and dimmed lights, setting the stage for models to dance down the runway in the sexiest of looks, from single-sleeve, draped metallic mini dresses, to saucy lace jumpsuits and a shorts tuxedo, worn with fuzzy wuzzy Moon boots. Metallic belts, chunky brooches and shoulder-duster earrings added to the decadent disco look that is tailor made for It girls on the red carpet.
Giorgio Armani created his own red carpet moment at his Prive show on Tuesday afternoon, assembling the starriest front row of the week so far. The lineup started with Priyanka Chopra (her stylist Cristina Ehrlich in tow) and went through to Kate Winslet, Sophia Loren, Naomi Watts and Tang Wei before ending with Isabelle Huppert, who was such a late arrival, she was taking her seat on the runway as the first look was coming out.
Armani's collection was decadent in its own old school way, anchored in a mostly straight silhouette, with dense embellishment and volume effects at the top. The craftsmanship was incredible, from the bold flower bloom embroideries in vivid colors, to the 3D black tulle capelets. Never one to shy away from headgear on the runway, Armani had all the models in veiled, embellished skull caps that seemed like a bit of an unnecessary throwback.
Also on Monday, the Russian contingent came out for Ulyana Sergeenko's show, which was inspired by gangsters and dames, pinstripe ‘40s-inspired suits nipped at the waist, silk robe coats, screen siren gowns embroidered with marabou feathers and all.
The looks referenced everything from Al Capone to Soviet-era black marketers, burlesque queens (Dita Von Teese is a fan of the brand) and Michael Jackson’s "Smooth Criminal" video. Unfortunately, there were very few surprises.