Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018| The Pagan Goddess

Schiaparelli Haute Couture

Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018


There used to be a time when the earth worshipped the women in pagan times.   The Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018 show invites us to return to that time. The house returns to a naturalistic period with new nuances of today’s savoir-faire.

It is about time we celebrate the power of women.  We are in depressing times and need to dream, of when women controlled society mixing healing and love positions.  Who runs the world- Girls, in a  Schiaparelli Haute Couture number.  

“Pagan goddess, a summer night, dream mythology”

Schiaparelli Haute Couture is all about that warrior goddess from Africa the United Kingdom or Asia.  A  reservoir of tribal and clan worthy red carpet looks, with all the feathers to peacock down an Haute girls runway.  This female roams through Moorish romance with an Elizabethan era edge.


Sweltering Africa and languorous Asia,

A whole far-away world, absent, almost defunct,

Dwells in your depths, aromatic forest!

While other spirits glide on the wings of music,

Mine, O my love! floats upon your perfume.”

Charles Baudelaire

Fashion Friday|Schiaparelli Haute Couture

The collection is based on a pagan myth. Nature. Nubian tales and Moorish legends. Far away kingdoms where women exhale regal grace and elegance. Merging this imaginary world with hints of the Elizabethan era and fragments of Mediterranean civilizations’ munificence, the season explores raw materials transcended by extremely refined savoir-faire. The blending of African and European cultures reveals a collection of contemporary deities or modern apparitions of a cosmopolitan femininity.



Praising the work of the hand as it transforms ordinary synthetic or natural materials into ethereal sensuality. The prowess of the atelier infuses poetry into linen, raffia, nylon, and plastic shopping bags when woven with silk, embroidered with Swarovski mother-of-pearl beads or braided with feathers. Fresh yet strong silhouettes play with infinite textures. This eclecticism creates a renewed opulence epitomizing the quintessence of the house’s style, with subtlety and passion.


Lightness and transparency translate the soul of Elsa Schiaparelli’s pagan collection and the allegory of the Tree of Life. Graceful butterfly wings flap in fil coupé jacquards, 3D prints, hand-painted motifs, embroidered guipure or tufted chenille. Beetles play with cobweb-like lace while insects run through delicate fabrics. An animist spirit seems to bring jackets in python marquetry embellished with padlocks to life.


Legendary jinns’ smokeless fire persona lights up silk chiffon with incandescent colors. The blazing heart of a shocking pink gown alternates with subdued or bold hues such as sunset earth, savannah ochre, desert rose or crisp, summer white.

The only thing missing was a smoky eye to make the models look more mysterious like a Berber woman. It was a very interesting twist on Haute Couture mixing the regale with the warrior women.  The earrings alone make the looks, oh the details. 


With all the Female superheroes out there running around, it will be interesting to see who walks down the red carpet in Schiaparelli Haute Couture.  The women will definitely have to be strong-willed and beautiful. Let us see which stylist already has the house on speed dial. 

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