Paris is still fashion’s monarch, but couture is the sparkling jewel in its crown, a glorious celebration of craftsmanship, beauty, art and femininity.
The spring/summer 2014 season was one of the finest yet, and Sophie Hallette’s lace and tulle played a starring role in this celebration of richesse.
The big story of the season was the long-awaited return of the house of Schiaparelli, after an absence of many decades, and now under the auspices of former Rochas designer Marco Zanini. The designer appliqued shantung silk with white lace, and created a froth of silk tulle on skirts and bustiers.
At Dior, Raf Simons pursued a sense of lightness, with openwork dresses offering a glimpse of the delicate dots of point d’esprit tulle.
Valentino, led so beautifully by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Picciolo, was an homage to the composer Saint-Saëns’ famous Carnival of the Animals, with a parade of exquisite balletic gowns in bursts of tulle, gathered, draped and embroidered with magical birds, in subtle, powdery shades of greige, sapphire and emerald.
Sophie Hallette continues to inspire the younger couturiers too, such as Yiqing Yin, with her dream-like creations, and Franck Sorbier, who created folkloric wedding gowns.
Even Alexandre Vauthier, purveyor of high-octane, ultra-feminine sexiness, lit up the catwalk with a semi-sheer dress in petrol blue, as well as bodysuits in black that looked like the most daring, va-va-voom fishnets.
And, as always inspired by the couture trends, next season’s Prêt-à-Porter catwalks will undoubtedly see a proliferation of Sophie Hallette’s Leavers Lace and bobbinet tulle.
© 2014 Sophie Hallette
A creator and manufacturer of tulle and lace in Caudry in northern France since 1887. Still woven today on traditional looms which are over a hundred years old, Sophie Hallette creations are essential for the top names in couture and luxury all over the world. The company is an international reference for laces and tulles, a true gauge of quality craftsmanship.