Above all, the need to take care of our planet, the future of humanity and ourselves. Christian Dior’s creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri (a long-time eco-sustainability activist like Stella McCartney) wanted to set her runway show in a forest built with 170 trees that, at the end of the show, will be used for reforestation.
Botanical inspirations of herbariums and gardens for gowns and shirtfronts embroidered with ferns, thistles and dandelion, raffia skirts, sweaters with brushed flowers and fringed anoraks referencing a style that’s a little boho and a little nomadic.
Christian Dior / Rahul Mishra
Another idea expressed in the shows is the freedom of expression brought by John Galliano with the Maison Margiela collection, with a unisex and genderless style. Many designers revisited men’s suits and tuxedos, including the most glamorous ones, in sequins, worn by Naomi Campbell for Saint Laurent.
Alexander McQueen / Saint Lauren / Anaïs Jourden / Balmain
For evening gowns, we see textures that evoke chocolate metallic wraps, wrinkled and iridescent, on the runway of Rochas, Elie Saab, Valentino and Balenciaga.
Rochas / Elie Saab
And a profusion of white, which is perfect for the wedding day.
Pierpaolo Piccioli opens the Valentino fashion show with twelve immaculate garments while Andreas Kronthaler’s theatrical looks walk the runway for Vivienne Westwood, and Alexander McQueen designs a disarming collection for the simplicity and poetic beauty of his pieces.
Valentino / Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood / Giambattista Valli / Nina Ricci / Chanel / Alexander McQueen
By Elisa Nascimbene, for Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week