It can be hard, for obvious reasons, to take trend notes from the couture shows. Nothing about them should really ever be a trend; such is the work and craft, time and dedication and skill that goes into what is on the catwalks. Granted, some say it better than others – but if you are looking for a hint of couture drama about your wardrobe then this season's offerings are putting feathers tops of the agenda. Be it a flourish down a pair of steely tailored trousers as at Antonio Grimaldi, a surprise hit among the less obviously known names on the schedule; some fluster-cluster boots or an all-over lilac cloud at Alexandre Vauthier; the decorative edging on lounge robes of paradise nature vistas at Yumi Katsura; or the splay of splendour that goes into making up a Giorgio Armani prive number – Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet there in the front row to be dazzled by their pink and blue sparkle, punctuated with a good dose of feather action here and there. Of course in real life, one would assume feathers are really only meant to be in moderation – a flourish after all. But should you be a little braver, a fluffy-fuzzy jacket is also an option.
Giorgio Armani Prive - Photo by Guillaume Roujas for NOWFASHION
"It's really all about that exuberance, Studio 54; I wanted to create that spirit, so much fun," enthused Vauthier backstage of his high-octane and glamorous show – and to which the aforementioned feathers belong. It was one that also offered up a very literal catwalk trend of its own: the girls with their buoyant curls and long lean silhouettes strode with confidence; they knew they looked good and they stopped at the on-set mirrors to check themselves out. "I really wanted my girls to have fun," continued the designer, who was keen to show that couture can be fun – heck it is fun! The girls were all smiles and giggles as they took a wander in his Eighties-hallmark silhouettes of one-shoulder, short, and shimmer. Metallic was key; so were bows that wrapped up models like chocolate boxes. And then of course there were those feathers.
AAlexander Vauthier Couture - Photo by Regis Colin for NOWFASHION