The Power of Texture at Paris Haute Couture Week

Courtesy of Valentino


Paris Haute Couture Week has come and gone, leaving a trail of puffy sleeves and dramatic leg slits in its wake. This season saw the world’s greatest fashion designers exploring texture – via textile choice, fabric distorting and ruching, and intended effect – creating altogether otherworldly ensembles that beg their viewers to touch them.

We explore this season’s textural transformations through the eyes of three top trendsetters: Valentino, Xuan, and Schiaparelli. The first, and perhaps most high-profile of the three, gave a positive jungle gym of different surfaces to their runway: there are giant feathery gowns, poofy satins, floral headpieces, and, of course, beehive hair for the gods (as seen here on Kaia Gerber).



Don’t you just want to dig your fingers in?


Xuan, a smaller-scale designer with a more concise collection, still gave us much to fawn over texture-wise. Here, we see lumpy florals on shirts, cascading tulle, and bunchy pants: a more corporate approach to Haute Couture.


With Schiaparelli, we see the boldest approach to texture of the season. Here, textile choice and implementation is used to transform models into literal animals. Scream!

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