When home interior designer Lucie de la Falaise meets Schiaparelli design director Bertrand Guyon, a natural connection immediately bonds them both. Sharing similar tastes and the same creative eye, a four-handed project becomes spontaneous.
When fashion is made of inter-generational encounters –
Yesteryear – Maxime de la Falaise is given by Elsa Schiaparelli carte blanche to create children’s clothes and to take care of clients while Hubert de Givenchy is creative director of the Schiaparelli boutique.
Yesterday – Lucie de la Falaise starts her career of top model with a Givenchy ad campaign while Bertrand Guyon begins his as a designer at Hubert de Givenchy Haute Couture studio.
Today - Lucie de la Falaise and Bertrand Guyon meet at Schiaparelli for a unique collaboration. Part of the Spring/Summer 2018 Haute Couture collection, the Selene, Soteria and Selkie bags are the outcome of a common vision.
Fusing their background and influences of Haute Couture savoir-faire, natural and raw materials, precious craftsmanship, bohemian spirit, effortless allure, Arts & Crafts, the Schiaparelli symbols, a nod to Bloomsbury and a pagan mythology, the accessory becomes the key piece of the season.
This ultimate couture tote braids raffia and strips of plastic bags embellished with wooden beads, wicker, drift wood and mother-of-pearl in three versions: the Selene (Greek goddess of the moon) shows a black sun, the Soteria (Greek goddess of safety and preservation from harm) a drift wood handle nailed with mother-of-pearl and the Selkie (Scottish mythological creature) an allegoric mask.
Dive into the making of the incredible Lesage embroidery made of Swarovski mother-of-pearls, silver plate, Swarovski multi-facetted crystals and silver metal thread.
Irises – one of Elsa Schiaparelli's favorite flowers - bloom on the long ivory silk crepe cape-dress created by Bertrand Guyon for the Spring/Summer 2018 Schiaparelli Haute Couture collection.
At the 16th Sidaction Gala dinner, actress Virginie Efira appeared in Schiaparelli.
She was wearing a black silk crepe and tulle dress embroidered with cobalt blue, silver and deep red glass tubes.
Schiaparelli and Swarovski continue their collaboration telling this season a story of mother-of-pearl and colourful multi-facetted crystal beads.
Everything started with a Lesage embroidery swatch from Fall 1940 Schiaparelli Haute Couture collection featuring mother-of-pearl flowers. The embroidery came on a black dress that Elsa Schiaparelli owned and later donated to London’s V&A.
Today, Schiaparelli design director Bertrand Guyon designs a wedding dress sprinkled with irises – one of Elsa Schiaparelli’s favourite flowers. Each bloom is embroidered once again by Lesage following the same original technique yet embellished with silver plate, Swarovski multi-facetted crystals and silver metal thread. The long ivory silk crepe cape-gown is scattered with 54,795 Swarovski crystal-hearted mother-of-pearls.
Further to Schiaparelli history of innovative materials, Bertrand Guyon collaborated with an independent female textile designer to create checked knitwear made of nylon yarn intertwined with Swarovski multi-facetted crystal beads. The exclusive savoir-faire merges 3D embroidery with almost invisible knitwear. Transparent, light and soft, it gives traditional knitting an unexpected volume and contemporary texture. Illuminated by a tartan of black jet and grege beads of over 2.4 million facets, the ruffled dress, made of this hybrid material, seems to defy gravity.