From the 4th to the 8th of July, Europe was enveloped in a wave of rich fabrics, intricate embellishments and awe-worthy street style as designers showcased their talents for Fall Couture 2016. Formals Magazine looks at the 6 things we took away from the trends of this seasons couture runways ~
1. Red lips make a timelessly bold statement ~
One thing we were shown from the Fall 2016 Couture Week is that the timeless glamour of the bold, red lip is immortal on the beauty trends of the fall/winter seasons. Elie Saab displayed this endlessly elegant effect with a crisp and bright red lip that added bold allure to the beauty look, yet it was Atelier Versace and Jean Paul Gautier who displayed that even the most traditional glam can be given a new, unique edge. The lips of the Versace models were encrusted with glitter, giving new meaning to sparkle and shine, while Jean Paul Gautier’s finale look used a number of different shades to create impressionist-inspired beauty.
2. Embrace the frizz and curl ~
Gone are the days of frying your hair with flat irons and never being satisfied till each strand is dead straight, with fall couture showing the beauty in frizzy, curly hair. Fendi’s princess-like fluffy ringlets emphasised the pretty, fairy-tale inspired magic of their couture show, while Chanel’s buns carried Marie Antoinette-worthy height and frizzy curls that looked as soft as the pastel-coloured palette of the couture.
3. Accessorise your hair for unique glam ~
Though we all understand the importance of good accessories on any outfit, fall couture this year showed us that accessories are not just for those body parts traditionally draped in jewellery – who needs their ears to be encrusted in diamonds or necks decorated with metallic strands when you’re hair can carry the weight of the outfit’s glamour. Valentino added tiny rings of gold throughout the intricate ponytails of their models for a unique and almost medieval-inspired look that framed the face with minimalistic symmetry, while Fendi wrapped their ringlets in ribbons of fur to create a luxurious, tactile effect.
4. Make the eyes your statement piece ~
From bold eyelashes, stand-out eyeliner and heavily-pigmented eyeshadow, if theres one motto that Fall Couture Week followed to a T, it’s that the eyes are the window to the soul. Dior’s extreme winged eyeliner brought new cool to the cat-eye effect by framing the eyes with sleek daring, while the dramatic eyes of the Chanel models captured the essence of French femininity with their flutteringly pretty, over-sized lashes. Gold metallics added jewellery-like shine on the runways of J. Mendel, Dior and Elie Saab, taking cues from the glamour of Egypt, while block colours made eyes pop on Atelier Versace and Schiaparelli.
5. Embrace you’re inner royalty ~
Taking us back to the days of the Renaissance, Fall Couture 2016 was filled with designs that spoke of past monarchies and empires, bring back royal-worthy dresses in a style fit for modern princesses. Valentino’s rich, brocade-like fabrics, high-necked ruffles and heavy gold jewellery brought medieval influences to modern day couture, while numerous designers such as Fendi and Giambattista Valli embraced the ‘empire waist’, a style brought into fashion by the Empress Joséphine, the wife of Napolean, proving that trend-setting has no expiration date when you’re the empress of France.
6. Florals for fall? Groundbreaking ~
Miranda Priestly would be proud of the couture this season for breaking free of seasonal stereotyping and showing us that florals aren’t just for spring, but can add pretty and whimsical motifs to the dresses of every season. In a style characteristically Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld embellished many of his designs with bead and fabric flowers to add an elaborate and feminine feel to the couture show, with Elie Saab followed suit by including embellished flowers amongst the delicate designs of their couture. Fendi also embraced florals with their designs of bright white daisies, creating a fresh and innocent look for fall.