Where TV Meets High Fashion
Why are we changing to Channel Haute Couture?
Because it seems like the most popular TV series of this past year are taking their cues from fashion’s most avant-garde collections. At July’s haute couture autumn/winter 2017 collections, designers seemed to be less involved with the politics and more influenced by the Emmy-nominated hit series from the small screens. Be it the seminal red cloak of Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale or the neo-Western costume from Westworld – haute couture has put its high fashion twist onto some of the best costume designs of the past year, redefining and elevating these trends.
Valentino + Handmaid’s Tale
The dystopian world first imagined by Margaret Atwood was visually defined by the colours worn by the women characters. The handmaids’ uniform, column-like scarlet-caped dresses and structured white bonnets, were reimagined in a decidedly more glamorous way at Valentino. The finale look was a voluminous taffeta gown, which seemed to spring from a bygone era but which still spoke for the woman of tomorrow. Like Elizabeth Moss’s character Offred, Pierpaolo Piccioli’s woman is tenacious, strong and powerful.
Elie Saab + The Crown
The TV-costume genius Michele Clapton is most certainly responsible for The Crown’s huge success. Depicting the life of a young Queen Elizabeth II, the gowns, two-piece suits and decadent jewellery tell a story of their own. It’s no surprise then that the king of contemporary royal gowns Elie Saab, has added maximised the embroidery in his collection. The key difference? Saab’s woman wears a crystal-embellished headband, not a crown.
Dior + Westworld
Robots meet Lucky Luke in the totalitarian, western-themed amusement park that is Westworld. Which precisely connects the show’s costumes, designed by Ane Crabtree, to the looks from the latest Christian Dior couture collection. In her autumn/winter 2017 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri depicted a female traveller, an independant woman, who isdressed for any occasion with her sturdy, menswear-inspired tweeds, earth tones and leather belts..
Fendi + Feud: Bette vs Joan
The glamour of the silver screen stars in the mid-century barely needs repeating. nd the feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, as imagined by Ryan Murphy in Bette vs Joan, showcased some of the most beautiful fashion in cinematic history. Cue fur stoles, small hats and cinched-in silhouettes – all present in Karl Lagerfeld’s haute fourrure collection for Fendi. Furs in all colours of the rainbow, delicate embroidery and red-carpet-ready silhouettes were in abundance. We can just imagine Davis and Crawford fighting over one of those coats.
Text by Dino Bonacic