On the second day of Fall 21 Haute Couture week, the designers reminded us why Paris is the fashion capital of the world.

Two designers stood out in today’s shows: Alexandre Vauthier and Giorgio Armani. Through their Fall 21 Haute Couture collections, they demonstrated their mastery of fashion, each garment a representation of the art and beauty Haute Couture brings to our lives.

Alexandre Vauthier

For this designer, creating a collection starts with understanding and respecting a woman’s body and knowing how to enhance it through clothing. This is why his brand has been characterized by sensual, sophisticated, glamourous clothing with a certain that Parisian je ne sais quoi.

For his Fall 21 Haute Couture show, the French designer gave us a monochrome collection entitled “Diamonds and Black,” inspired by the Wild West. Dallas, the cowboy sign in Las Vegas, and Dolly Parton came to mind. Each look had western flare and the chic aura of Parisian sensuality à la Moulin Rouge: embroidered crystals, feathers, mesh, and sequins. Each of these garments was a testament to the hard work of the designer’s Parisian atelier and the techniques used there. This impressive work has been inherent to all his Haute Couture collections since 2011. In this collection, Vauthier gave us looks for a strong, energetic, fierce woman who empowers herself through unique garments. The clothing embodied the adventurous spirit of cowboys and the festive soul of the 1920’s, resulting in a vibrant collection that celebrates the fact we’re alive.

The looks in this collection are made for women who want to be noticed, who want to stand out and shine. That hooded faux fur coat with suede boots was undoubtedly a showstopper, as was the bejeweled bodysuit and fringe skirt combo paired with a faux fur coat–the perfect balance between sensuality and elegance. Each of these pieces, like the fringed biker jacket with appliqués, is sure to become a wardrobe treasure that will survive the passage of time. Alexandre Vauthier has managed to infuse his garments with a sense of the celestial: sparkling crystals like stars on black backgrounds.

Giorgio Armani Privé

Fashion wouldn’t be the same without this incredible designer. For more than 40 years, Giorgio Armani has helped create the foundations of today’s industry thanks to his talent, creativity and entrepreneurship. His brand is characterized by elegance, simplicity, and Italian allure. He understands the needs of modern women and gives us pieces that are the epitome of understated luxury.

The brand’s Fall 21 Haute Couture collection is undoubtedly Armani at its best. From the location of the show–the Italian Embassy in Paris–to each and every look, the DNA of the Giorgio Armani brand was everywhere. Elegant daytime pieces with rich textiles, detailed embroidery, and inlays gave way to evening garments like dresses and suits with glamourous feathers, ruffles, pleats, and sequins. As in all of Giorgio Armani’s collections, we could clearly see his expert understanding of men’s tailoring and how it can be reinvented in women’s garments.  Pastel tones rendered in silk organza gave garments an unexpected feel and sheen. It’s no wonder the collection itself is called “Shine.” We could feel this in every look that came down the runway.

For this Italian designer, fashion has never been ephemeral and fleeting; he believes that garments should live on for more than just one season. This is something I feel this particular collection does really well. The opening look was simply fabulous: a black jacket contrasted with lilac silk organza pants and matching blouse. I fell in love. Another look I think deserves a closer look is the mint green coat with embroidered crystals over a crop top and organza pants. I was impressed by how the mix of fabrics combined a sensation of unpredictable movement and rigidity same time. Among the evening gowns, my favorite was the nude ankle-length dress with embroidered crystal ruffles. This piece looked like a heavenly halo coming down the runway. Each piece in this collection pays tribute to the legacy of this designer and fashion mogul.

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