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The most prestigious of fashion weeks, haute couture, took place from July 5-8 for the Fall/Winter 2021-2022 season. Maisons Dior and Fendi once again celebrated their exquisite savoir-faire with poetic creations marked by contemporary resonance.

Dior: icon of excellence

The French luxury house presented its Fall/Winter 2021-2022 haute couture collection on July 5 at the Rodin Museum in Paris.

Celebrating a return to “being present” for Fashion Week, Artistic Director Maria Grazia Chiuri emphasized a return to the fundamentals of couture with a show focused on plays of textures and a tactile materiality.

French artist Eva Jospin created the backdrop for the show with a work entitled Chambre de Soie (Silk Room), featuring embroidery to recognize the importance of passing on artisanal savoir-faire as a keystone of creativity, a theme that runs through the collection.

Voluptuous draping of silhouettes and graphic charm heighten the romanticism and sensuality expressed in the fluidity and freedom of movement of the body.

While the designer revisited iconic Dior pieces such as the Bar jacket, the highlight was a spectacular mint green wedding dress decorated with embroidery and floral details. The resolutely modern gown elegantly reflects the timeless codes of Monsieur Dior.

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Timeless Fendi

Fendi presented its haute couture collection for Fall/Winter Hiver 2021-2022 through the lens of Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino. Womenswear Artistic Director, Kim Jones shared his vision of Rome, inspired by legendary Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Amidst the Italian Maison’s Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana headquarters, the silhouettes echoed the rich history of Rome, immersing us in a poetic universe where time seems to stand still.   Shoes are decorated with mosaics and gowns reference the building’s marble columns with mineral hues and contemporary cuts, set off by embroidered silk and lace in draping that pays tribute to ancient Rome.

Overlapping temporalities included Kate Moss walking the runway with her daughter, a fusing of generations for timeless fashion that celebrates Italian elegance and artisanal excellence.

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