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shiaparelli's couture characters

Today was the first haute couture show of Schiaparelli since 1954. You could feel the excitement in the crisp Parisian morning air. As you entered Place Vendome, it turns out this is where Elsa Schiaparelli lived, you passed through into an entrance of white cherry blossom boughs giving a hint to the fantastical romance that awaited. Stella Tennant was the first out, in a boldly printed off the shoulder dress with a black off kilter hat (an ode to Christian Bérard who used to sketch for Schiaparelli) and blue stringy hair. The overall vision with the marching music accompanying the show could have been early Galliano, portraying an anarchic view of the symbol of Marianne. Each exit brought to mind a different character whether it was the girl with flame-red, frizzed hair who looked as if she had stepped out of a Klimt painting or Anne-Catherine Lacroix who brought to mind Josephine de Beauharnais. Of course there was also a reference to the wonderful theatrical designs of Schiaparelli and these were treated with respect and restraint.

Introduction Sarah Richardson
Photography Mitchell Sams

  • mad madam mim

    Madam Mim is a boisterous, mischievous, and rather conceited sorceress, much impressed with her own power and who delights in causing trouble. She is also a somewhat morbid character with a distaste for sunshine and all things wholesome. 

    Schiaparelli Couture Spring 14

  • the swan princess

    Princess Odette is beautiful but vain. When she is captured on an enchanted lake, an evil sorceror casts a spell on her. Now she must live as a swan by day and only returns to her human form at night. Only true love can break the spell, but what man will fall in love with a swan?

    Schiaparelli couture spring 14

  • princess merida

    Merida lives in the mystical Scottish kingdom of DunBroch with her mother, Queen Elinor, her father, King Fergus, and her mischievous triplet brothers, Hamish, Hubert, and Harris. She has a long, wild, curly, fiery, red mane of hair, blue eyes and pale skin. Merida openly rebels and defies her heritage as a princess and would like for nothing more than to be a normal girl.

    Schiaparelli couture spring 14

  • baby luma

    These pint sized Luma's were rescued by Super Mario and are armed with a whole bag of new tricks powered by stars. Exploring the cosmos has never been more fun and exciting than with Baby Luma's on your hat!

    Schiaparelli couture spring 14

  • sayuri

    More beautiful in looks and demeanor than her sister, Chiyo Sakamoto adopts Sayuri as her geisha name, avoiding the pleasure district and going on to be worth the highest bid for her hand in marriage.

    Schiaparelli couture spring 14