Schiaparelli: Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-15

More is always more. Marco Zanini, the creative director of Schiaparelli, proposes a bold, unconventional and flamboyant fall winter collection, inspired by the true sensational spirit of the brand's founder Elsa Schiaparelli, resulting to a refined extravagance.  

The haute couture of Schiaparelli is all about uniqueness and eccentricity.

Amber yellow silk chiffon long dress printed with “L’Amour fou” and embellished with black silk chiffon carnations worn with black suede musketeer gloves and a black crystal and brass ivy leaves tiara. 

Parisian Allure

The Schiaparelli woman is confident with herself, showing an hourglass waist and a strong shoulder line, while wearing super feminine and sophisticated designs in vibrant colors, irreverent prints, exquisite embroideries, architectural tailoring and glamorous flou. 

Caramel double duchesse silk satin blouse worn with sari pink wool twill pants, a lagoon croco belt and bougainvillea suede musketeer gloves.

Nonchalant Opulence 

Jewellery in the shape of ivy leaves, pierced hearts and night butterflies are reminiscent of Elsa’s lexicon. In melted glass, crystal, copper and brass, they echo handcrafted bejewelled buttons. The look is pushed to its extreme with Suite N.7 clutches in alpaca, breitschwanz or harlequin mink adorned with a 1938-embroidery turned into a golden lock.

Manteau in Flame red alpaca, cashmere and silk hourglass coat with resin and gold S bejewelled buttons worn with a ‘Suite N.7’ maxi-clutch in bleu choc alpaca.

Femme Fatale 

Each piece is mesmerizing by its seductive savoir-faire. Glycerine-glazed black ostrich feathers make a bolero resembling monkey fur. Mixing high and low is the essence of Schiaparelli. Precious alligator hand-worked to look like chiffon contrasts with multi-coloured lamé fringed faux fur. Silk velvet gowns come in Balade nocturne’s cavalcade of rats in black jacquard or in shocking pink, the only shade of pink with the nerve of a red. 

Silk organza dress embroidered with stripes of black and pale pink paillettes worn with black suede and mink musketeer gloves.

Animal Motifs 

Screen- or chain-printing traditional techniques: Dans les ombres du jardin (night butterflies against ivy leaves), Les Amis d’Elsa (fox-terriers, boxers and poodles), Central Park (squirrels and rats) and Les pigeons de Notre-Dame (flying pigeons).

Navy silk velvet long dress printed with “Dans les ombres du jardin” embroidered with multicolored crystals, paillettes and beads.

View the entire collection on Schiaparelli's Official Website

(Courtesy Schiaparelli - Press Office)