Seasons come and seasons go -- but Paris fashion lives for ever. Twice a year?
Seasons come and seasons go -- but Paris fashion lives for ever. Twice a year every year the haute couture houses unveil their visions of how the richest and most privileged women of the world should dress. To some the very idea of high fashion is outmoded and irrelevant -- but to others it is an art form and an inspiration -- as well as an institution that despite criticism refuses to change its ways.
SYNOPSIS: The house of Nina Ricci was among the early starters at this year's autumn shows. On Monday (17 July) their designer Gerard Pipart present his idea for 1978, which included a very severe look for outdoor clothes -- and boots with everything. His line shows a more structured approach, with an emphasis on straight skirts.
Although it has been popular for some time, the layered look is still around -- as Pipart shows with this ensemble -- zipper jacket over crepe de chine dress teamed with a short quilted overcoat. His choice of colours shows a marked preference for dark green and various shades of brown and beige.
In contrast Pipart's evening dresses are sheer, flowing and romantic. This creation is in pure silk with silver straps and maribou feathers around the hem. The skirt is cut to deceive the eye and decolletes are back with a vengeance.
On the same theme this model is showing a transparent voile over fine muslin evening dress that would look terrific at some great gala occasion if you happened to be young, rich, greyhound-thin and very confident. But in high fashion it is the ideas that eventually percolate through to the general public -- and this one will almost certainly undergo considerable modification.