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.
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.