Tracee Ellis Ross on the Return of Decadence to Fashion
The 'Black-ish' star took in the Schiaparelli and Monique Lhuillier shows at Paris Couture Week.
"I love that elaborate decadence is back in fashion … it really works for me," said Tracee Ellis Ross, who turned heads in a shocking pink strapless dress and pink booties with heart cutouts, at designer Bertrand Guryon's Schiaparelli fall 2017 couture show in Paris on Monday. "Schiaparelli has that ethereal femininity, but there's also structure," said Ross, who is one of a multitude of star fans of the arty brand, along with Tilda Swinton, Gwyneth Paltrow and Uma Thurman.
"The gloves were extraordinary, I love everything tulle," the Black-ish actress enthused. "And that white leather jumpsuit with the lobster? That was everything. There's an element of fun and quirkiness and glamor all at the same time, which I really appreciate."
Guryon showed plenty of red-carpet contenders his more-is-more lineup, including dresses embroidered with glass tubes, tromp l'eoil hearts and jewelry, puzzle-pieced jackets with Picasso guitar and mask motifs, and ethereal gowns in Rothko red, each piece more colorfully unique than the next, with a cheeky name to match, such as "I’m in training, don’t kiss me," or "Still in the studio." But he anchored the decadence with tough luxe, Doc Marten-inspired boots, laced up to the knees, and the aforementioned tulle gloves, which gave a hint of Madonna in the '80s in the best way.
The fashion party continued next door afterward, where Ross joined a sizable West Coast contingent (florist Eric Buterbaugh, handbag designer Sally Perrin, couture collector Tatiana Sorokko) for Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier's first Paris show for her spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection.
Lhuillier's clothes spoke to another big fashion trend on the rise — sweet romance — also seen on the runways at Rodarte and Proenza Schouler, with plenty of florals, beaded fringe, feathers and bows. A love letter to Paris, the collection set a new bar for Lhuillier, with everything from shimmying gowns to puff-sleeve Chantilly lace blouses and high-waist trousers worn with bow belts to smocked chiffon dresses to an adorable accordion pleated swing mini, paired with crystal T-strap flats.
This was the biggest range Lhuillier has shown to date, including suiting and even knitwear, with a short sleeve, feather trimmed sweater one of the many standout pieces, in addition to all the eveningwear. Another takeaway? Boots are the new evening shoes, especially when the fabric matches your dress. Super-duper chic. Paris definitely agrees with Lhuillier.