Paris, we’ve never seen you as miserable as you were last week. All air conditioners sold out to cope with the unexpected heat wave, the only thing that got the city’s pulse up down was Couture Week. Close-to-no-layers on the street, a sharp contrast for AW ’15 season on the runways, and a high expectancy from the sartorial gods, designers were once again facing a glamorous challenge.
Although luxury has been Starbucksified with the modern fashion scene, Couture still has an oomph that is hard to explain. With intricately embroidered dresses, effortlessly tailored three-pieces, a fantasy world where everything is possible and prices that are hard to pronounce, Dice Kayek fit perfectly into the mix.
As an official part of the Fédération Française de la Couture, Dice Kayek’s third Haute Couture show gathered evaporating fashion A-listers from the streets to the cool and grand indoors of Musee Des Arts Decoratifs. The decoration, if you can call it that, consisted of two lines of benches on both sides, and a larger-than-life, silver globe at the entrance, giving all the attention to the stunning pieces walking the runway.
A push-and-pull between embroidered dresses with specially cut Swarovski stones that took a minimum of 10,000 hours to make; tailored, androgynous tuxes were visible on five-foot forever models that carried the clothes with a certain “bad-ass-chic” attitude. Apart from the brand’s signature dresses, which boast architectural references, the zenith of cool was certainly the hand-sewn three pieces paired with bespoke, crisp white blouses.
Referencing the late ’70s and early’80s, the collection’s ode to a time and place of getting dressed up, or being well-dressed circa Basquiat and Andy Warhol, certainly brought in a much-needed breeze to a crowd hungry for some fresh air.