schiaparelli catwalk 2014

A model takes to the Schiaparelli catwalk

Schiaparelli has made a triumphant return to the Paris catwalk, sixty years after Elsa Schiaparelli took her final bow in 1954.

Elsa Schiaparelli, a rival of Chanel, was one of the most prominent fashion designers of her time and was best known for her knitwear designs and collaborations with Surrealist artists including Salvdaor Dali. However, whereas Chanel made a triumphant comeback after World War II, Schiaparelli did not fare so well and eventually closed its doors in 1954.

Marco Zanini is the man that has been tasked with breathing life back into the slumbering Italian label, and, as such, Schiaparelli's haute couture show has been one of the most-anticipated of Couture Fashion Week.

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Zanini, a former designer for Rochas, stayed true to the eclectic and eccentric aesthetic of Schiaparelli – swathes of fabric, giant ruffles and elaborate headpieces gave the show a playful feel, while touches like electric-blue dip-dyes brought the collection into 2014.

No doubt things will be toned down for Schiaparelli's ready-to-wear show in six weeks' time, but it will be no less exciting to see what Zanini does with the archive.

Welcome back, Shiaparelli!

By Olivia Marks

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