Who could be surprised that in these difficult and even dangerous times, high fashion would shift to the exotic or the historic?
In the couture collections for summer 2020, there seems to be more memories of days of grace or a focus on distant places – even if the Balenciaga brand is moving forward by re-launching haute couture after half a century.
The high fashion season in Paris is jostling with names of small brands that are literally hands on, for the word “couture” seems now to evoke a fashion world of dreams.
The ‘Grand Hubert’ revisited
“A love letter, a poem, my own letter to Hubert in its own sense, the idea of Vita and Virginia’s relationship, and how Vita built this garden around the emotions and the passions that she had and all these incredible garden rooms that brought so much feeling – I wanted to bring that in each of the dresses,” said Clare Waight Keller backstage, tumbling out words to express the evocative effect of a show where members of a mini-orchestra played tinkling Philip Glass while perched around the columns of the historic building.