July marked the beginning of the fall couture shows, and one of the presentations I was most delighted and inspired by was one with a name familiar to perfume lovers: Schiaparelli.
This was the first Schiaparelli collection presented since 1954 (they are calling it an “homage” as the house is not really reopening, but from what I understand will present some shows each year(1)). It was designed by Christian Lacroix.
All photos via Style.com
I will let the clothes speak for themselves. I absolutely love Lacroix, and I love what he has done for this Schiaparelli homage. I was especially inspired by the first outfit, which is so modern and adaptable for daily wear and to a variety of personal styles.
With the first look as my inspiration, I assembled two “sidewalk” options. The first is more conservative, with a leather skirt, fitted riding jacket and simple silk shell (because the jacket remains buttoned). For more drama, we could add a little headpiece. I would pair this with a simple pump. This outfit relies mostly on the mix of textures for effect, rather than mixing texture, pattern, and color like the Schiaparelli look. But it is still playfully chic.
I love the idea of a faux fur skirt for the second “sidewalk” outfit. There are many non-cheesy vintage faux fur skirts with flatter piles available on Etsy and eBay (the bulk of a fluffier bottom is not for me). A few are from the early 2000s, when several higher-end lines did them in leopard. I can see leopard or plain black paired with a black jacket and vintage hat, simple pumps, and the same shell top from above (again, jacket buttoned).
That’s an eclectic but chic look that would do Schiaparelli and Lacroix justice, in my opinion.
For a perfume pairing, Schiaparelli’s Shocking is the obvious choice, and still available in vintage form online. But the first thing that came to mind was the flirtatious, winking Etat Libre d’Orange Noel au Balcon. Shalimar, Annick Goutal’s Mon Parfum Cherie Par Camille, Aftelier Tango, L’Artisan Mure et Musc Extreme, and The Different Company Jasmin de Nuit also seem like fits to me. I definitely see this with a perfume that is grown up, but has a sense of humor and more than a little dash of something unexpected.
You all always have great suggestions. How would you scent these looks? And would you consider wearing something similar?
Credits: Jackets are from McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, respectively. Leopard skirt via The Gloss. Hats, via etsy, are linked. Unfortunately, I don’t have photo credits for the rest of these photos. If one of them is yours and you want me to credit or remove, please let me know!
Side note: Christian Lacroix’ Spring 2008 show was one of my favorites ever. I still dream about this outfit.
Further side note: Lacroix’s emerald dress for Schiaparelli (above) is a similar but vastly improved version of this one from his own line (also 2008), wouldn’t you say?