Diego Della Valle on Monday unveiled the first collection for the House of Schiaparelli: 18 pieces created by guest designer Christian Lacroix. They’re not for sale. They’re just to look at.
Yes, you read that right. Admittedly, given one outfit pairs a goat’s hair top with a 40lb skirt (pictured) you can perhaps understand why. Still, during couture week, anything is possible.
Mr Della Valle is attempting to rethink the whole idea of a fashion house. He’s trying a few experiments, hence the idea of a once-a-year “homage to Elsa” that will be concept, not commerce, driven. After Mr Lacroix’s collection (below), which may live at the Maison at 21 Place Vendôme, next year a photographer or musician or filmmaker may be invited to add their interpretation of the brand (no, they won’t make clothes – they’d do a film etc), chief executive Camilla Schiavone said. Read more