Schiaparelli Fall 2014 Couture Collection

Posted on July 07, 2014

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[Photo Credit: IMAXTree]

    • RussellH88

      I like individual pieces, but there really doesn’t seem to be any sort of thread connecting these looks.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      It’s like they took 30’s silhouettes and ran a funhouse mirror over them. I actually like it.

      • StarburstLady

        Yes! I caught that on the seventh from the bottom, and it made me re-evaluate everything I’d been looking at until that point.

      • Constant Reader

        I like that about it, too.

    • RescueMe23

      The animals want their fur back.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Dr. Suess Couture.

      • Matt Kaler

        The first thing I thought was ‘Whoville.’

      • StrandedFashionista

        I’m not sure if this was a dis or not, but I’m choosing to interpret it as not. I think Seuss couture is a cool way to describe this collection.

    • NMMagpie

      Cruella de Vil meets Miss Scarlett wearing those drapes.

    • lecoffeeaddict

      Super cool.

    • Gatto Nero

      I like that this reflects Schiaparelli’s influences — Surrealism, costume — and her love of strange hats.
      Wish it had a bit more cohesion, though.

      • kimmeister

        I’m down with strange hats, but not the ones that look like they stole a parakeet butts and turned them into clip-on bangs.

    • altalinda

      Uh-oh, shoulder pads.

      • Thomas

        I love shoulder pads! Give me more Joan Crawford women! We already did go through a shoulder pad trend a few years ago though.

        • golden_valley

          And Joan Crawford eye brows too.

          • quiltrx

            We should ALL get to free our inner Joan Crawford at some point in life!

    • Thomas

      Eh. It just looks like Schiaparelli for Target to me.

    • marlie

      I kind of love this. This collection suits Elsa Schiaparelli’s aesthetic, and there are some really beautiful shapes and prints. A few are way over the top crazy, but those are the ones that I want to see in an editorial.

      • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

        Totally agree. Something new, something different. Yes, it’s inspired by the 30’s but I love the originality.

    • luludexter

      I don’t like the fur, but otherwise this is great

    • Glam Dixie

      I got stuck on Marge Simpson at the top, and then they all just looked like cartoon characters.

    • http://attiresmind.blogspot.com/ Kiltdntiltd

      Clearly pulling lots of ideas from the original designers closet. That said, me likey!

      • d4divine

        Ditto…crazy weird and nothing like any thing else out there these days. I kept thinking about the party scene in Terry Gilliam’s movie Brazil. “Picture me in these!”

    • mitch45

      I wish you wrote your predictions of who would most likely wear these pieces! (or, the most wearable ones at least).

      • kimmeister

        I totally see Lady Gaga in the look that had the pink party hat with streamers.

      • StrandedFashionista

        It’s cliche to say now, but I think Rihanna on her more classy days, Rita Ora, or Iggy Azalea could rock a lot of it. They’ve all got glamour when they want to flaunt it, and the bright colors would work so well.

    • gabbilevy

      There is a a such thing as too much monogram. (And this is the proof.)

    • Daenyx

      The leather jacket in #7 is to die for; everything else hurts to look at. O.o

      • ballerinawithagun

        I’m lusting for that jacket also! But I do enjoy other pieces also.

    • hughman

      “On the train to Reno. L’amour, l’amour! Toujours, l’amour!”

      • Lattis

        Love that movie. :)

        • hughman

          You’d be crazy not to. I could easily see Joan Crawford or Rosalind Russell working one of these (with the hat) or at the least watching these in the Fashion Show at the salon.

          • decormaven

            Definitely has that retro glam feel. Now fetch me a bromide- and put some gin in it!

            • Shawn EH

              “No, darlings, I am Dandy Gelatine!”

    • FibonacciSequins

      Started out hating it; ended up loving it. Very Schiaparelli.

      • Shawn EH

        I gasped at #7. At last a way for Salma Hayek to look tall!

      • kirkyo

        I laughed a lot so I can’t hate.

        There’s a squirrel print.

        • Kristin McNamara

          Right?! That there exists in this world a print with purple squirrels on it……..? I just don’t know what to do with that. It rules so hard.

          PS- @FibonacciSequins:disqus, I LOVE YOUR USERNAME HOLY CRAP. Major math nerd over here. Saw that name, and definitely chuckled to myself. Well played.

    • Lattis

      Wow! Love it. The dark velvet fabric with moths is especially luscious.

      • Gatto Nero

        Some of the fabrics and prints are gorgeous.

    • MoHub

      So—’80s shoulder pads are coming back?

      • Shawn EH

        ’30s shoulder pads, dear.

        • http://kittysdrawings.com Esz

          Sorry, that would be 40s. These are very reminiscent of early 1940s looks. 1939 *maybe*.

          • Shawn EH

            Schiaparelli’s first were in 1931.

            • http://kittysdrawings.com Esz

              Yeh that may be true but these styles are definitely more of a nod to the 40s.

            • Shawn EH

              Well, at least we agree they’re not inspired by Alexis and Krystle!

            • http://kittysdrawings.com Esz

              Bwahaha thats not too far for *some* designers I’m sure haha. ;-)

          • MoHub

            Definitely more “40s, but they were bulkier in the ’80s, when I used to bump into store shelves because I had trouble with how far my clothing extended beyond my body.

            • http://kittysdrawings.com Esz

              That’s hilarious! I feel like that while wearing a 50s skirt and petticoat. Its too much personal real estate that isn’t the ‘done thing’ these days!
              Everything was OTT in the 80s it seems

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      Florence Welch will find many appealing dresses in this collection.

      • Starts with K

        That is EXACTLY what I was thinking, with a sprinkling of HBC.

      • understateddiva

        yeah, I thought of her specifically with the velvet butterfly dress.

    • Richard

      You know when they have more than the allowed amount of Project Runway contestants for the final show, and they have two runners up show a mini collection to see if they will be featured in the show? This looks like the contestant that got voted off before the fashion show started. It’s all too much.

    • PinkyK

      I LOVE it! I wouldn’t wear all of the pieces as shown but I’d wear more of this collection than any of the others you’ve posted recently.

    • WendyD

      SWINTON.

      • Shawn EH

        For the pink coat and the squirrels, mabye? And Dita for the black dress with the gloves.

    • alyce1213

      A feast for the eyes! I love it madly, and I’m quite conflicted because I hate the use of real fur.

    • Snidge

      I have such mixed feelings about this. It seems to me like it’s inspired by a sort of late 80’s/early 90’s aesthetic except everything’s been exaggerated. It’s like, my brain knows it’s hideous, but it invokes such an intense feeling of familiarity that my heart just can’t hate. Damn you, nostalgia!

    • OffToSeeHim

      Are these people going to a black tie event in Whoville? WTF?

    • Danielle

      I kind of love a lot of the elements of these. That third sweater down, GIMME.

    • Alyssa

      I want the cropped leather jacket!

    • colleenjanel

      I want a squirrel dress. Pretty please??

    • Let it out

      I’m coining the phrase LBiP: Looks Better in Person. Because this just has to LBiP, right?

    • SuzyQuzey

      Welp, we know what Maggie Gyllenhall will be wearing soon.

      • Shawn EH

        The hats?

    • conniemd

      Garmentwise there is an interest to the collection and some of the pieces would like great on the red carpet. A lot to love. However, looking at the runway, I felt just like with the men’s collection, a lot of the women wearing them could be men. I don’t mind androgynous looks as a fashion statement, but seems like we are getting androgynous models and that kinda makes the diversity loving person in me shriek. They all look very thin, straight haired, flat chested and angry.

      • demidaemon

        True. It could also be the clothes, though, in this case, as a lot of these read “DRAG QUEEN” to me.

    • Alyssa_T_Robot

      i love this crazy collection so much!!!

    • crash1212

      Love the hats. Love the era it’s evoking. Can’t go wrong if the collection has a squirrel AND a bird dress. It’s very fashiony and appealing to my eye.

    • Anna

      I actually love most of these, I feel like Madame Schiaparelli herself would approve. Not a fan of the use of fur either, and especially the murder of poor Cookie Monster for the stole (or is it a fur clutch?) teamed with the orange coat.

      Here for the menswear-style suit with the tulle hat. It’s Schiaparelli meets Janet Jackson’s Alright video/Smooth Criminal.

    • VermillionSky

      Between this and the Versace collection TLo posted earlier I’m guessing the theme for Fall 2014 is “Hunger Games Capitol Chic.”

    • ThaliaMenninger

      It looks inspired by the Grand Budapest Hotel. Which isn’t a bad thing at all.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      I’d love the velvet with the bleeding heart as a Christmas dress (and then have a lifestyle where I dress up for Christmas, instead of staying in my pyjamas drinking all day) and I desperately want someone to wear the squirrel dress on the red carpet.

      • mjude

        I love the “Laverne” coat without the initials.

    • sleepycat

      I like some of the pieces, the alligator skirt is awesome (usually not big into leather or fur)

    • barbarienne

      So this year the men are all dressing androgynous, and the women are all dressing like space aliens. Got it.

    • Kent Roby

      I hope Elsa’s initials (the ones you can read from Mars) come off, and there’s some crazy styling going on, but there is much that I love about the individual pieces. I hope someone with class and elegance wears the beaded bolero jacket before Steffi has a chance to wear it with dirty panties and stilts on her way to “buy light bulbs”.

    • Jeremiah Capacillo

      LOVE ALL OF THIS. It’s kitschy and fun while remaining chic and a little bit weird – all essential parts to the Schiaparelli aesthetic. A lot of these pieces would look stunning in editorial, but I think only certified PhD level fashionistas can pull off these pieces on the red carpet or in real life.

    • boweryboy

      Those boots are beyond fierce, and surprisingly I like most of this.

    • Dam_Angel

      Good God. What a disparate combination of styles and disharmonious colors!

    • http://dorothydamage.wordpress.com/ Dorothy Damage

      I love these so much, I like the nod to original Schiaparelli in the prints and the general 1930s/40s feel, especially in the bleeding hearts (which I need). I especially covet the tuxedo-esque outfit and the bonkers hats.

    • VioletFem

      Ok, the gray dress with the (fake?) fur stole is so fabulously Rich Bitch that I really hope to see someone wearing that who could really pull it off. Also, I adore the sweaters with the heart and arrows. Everything else is a bit hit or miss, but overall a fun collection.

    • Judy_S

      Look #4: Ginger Rogers wore it in Carefree. Just google images for Ginger Rogers Carefree. That’s the one in which she does some skeet-shooting while high.
      And all I can say for the rest of these is that if I could see them on Rogers I might be able to offer an opinion.

      • Shawn EH

        Esther Williams! Lana Turner! Maybe Sarah Paulson?

        • Judy_S

          I mean literally. Ginger is wearing the black dress, or top with full skirt, embroidered on the left breast with a heart with arrows flying from her chest and shoulders. No visible drops of blood and the heart appears to be white instead of red (it’s a b/w film), but it’s the same design. Howard Greer is credited with “Miss Rogers’s Gowns” on IMDB.

          • Shawn EH

            I looked. It’s not exactly the same. Liberties were taken.

      • plumblossom

        I’m happy I’m not the only one who saw the blatant copy, or shall we say homage to the “Carefree” outfit. Just a few tweaks there and then to get a “fresh new” dress.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      Elsa Schiaparelli would be spinning in her grave over the sparkly ES.

      • SewingSiren

        Hate those.

    • MarissaLG

      Fashion!

    • Loren S

      This reminds me of Chris Rock’s character from The Fifth Element.

      • kimmeister

        You mean Chris Tucker?

        • Loren S

          … yes I do. That’s an embarrassing brainfart.

    • Imasewsure

      There a a couple of updated Greer Garson gowns in the middle which are pretty but they are still pretty literal. Most of this is silly though

    • MilaXX

      Schiaparelli = FMO. I like it as art, not as fashion.

    • Zeee

      Ummmmmm….. I got nothin’.

    • TerryMarie

      Those are purple squirrels on that one dress, right? (Why?)

      • kendrick1

        “And the absence of force is precisely the point, Kendrick; Roe v. Wade has forced
        no one to do anything they did not choose to do. In fact, it prevented people
        like you from imposing your religious beliefs on people like me (and your
        belief that a fertilized egg is a “being” is a religious belief). I
        thought you were in favor of such choices — or is that only when the choices
        align with yours, as is the case with Hobby Lobby?”

        And your belief in abortion is based upon the condoning of the same by the government which establishes your morals for you. No thanks! I’ll continue with my own belief! Remember, when eternity invades time there will be no instant replay!

    • maretha2

      Florence (of the Machine) should have plenty to choose from for her next red carpet.

      • Shawn EH

        Kristen Ritter could rock some of these, she can do subliminal retro.

    • Shawn EH

      Insane amounts of love. I want to see a good The Women remake, with these costumes. I want Salvador Dali to still be alive, so this can be his harem. I want to see Eva Mendes in all of these, especially in her sidewalk shopping tours!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      That poor second model is wearing a full doggie poop bag on her head.

    • PastryGoddess

      Who’s the designer?
      How long has the line been resurrected?
      Where the hell have I been?

    • kimmeister

      I love love love the first black and yellow dress.

    • rh33

      The hearts and arrows dress was originally worn by Ginger Rogers in the 1938 movie “Carefree”.

      • Shawn EH

        See below!

    • grasshack

      I’m sorry – to me, most of these look like a Thrift Shop exploded…

    • smayper

      The Zoot suit! And the yellow and black dress…and the velvet butterflies…sigh. Love.

    • Kara Keenan

      These looks are so fun, so why do the models have to have such dead eyes? I mean really, look like you’re at least enjoying the show.

    • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

      What’s wrong with these clown designers? Are they kidding…?

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      One of everything, please. I absolutely adore Schiaparelli and am so glad someone is carrying on her legacy.

    • Tami from Seattle

      I had to scroll down far enough to exclude the models from the neck up to appreciate these clothes (most of which I adore). Why were they all styled to look like wrens with bird flu?

    • Juan S. Esteves

      it is me, all of these outfits scream rihanna??? book her an editorial asap!!!

    • demidaemon

      It’s cool, it’s extravagant, it’s couture. I kind of love it. The only misses for me are the bicolored satin nightgown and the pants in the collection.

    • SewingSiren

      It looks like they pulled a little from every collection Schiaparelli ever did . No theme holding it together except ” The history of Schiaparelli” . I hate the giant ES initials but I love the butterflies, squirrels, and most of the hats and gloves.

    • PumpkintheCat

      Love it! This is the first collection I’ve seen (in what feels like an eternity) that I find absolutely thrilling – the hats especially. But I don’t dig the fur, unless it’s fake, in which case all is fabulously right with the world!!!

    • evave2

      Even with the weird hats and gloves and boxy fur coats, this collection is fun. The long dresses, every single one, are gorgeous.

    • roche

      I love all of this: the colors, the hats. Definitely a vintage vibe.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Wow!!!! Absolutely, positively, adore!! Pink coat please minus the monogram.

    • quiltrx

      That short yellow and black dress is Film-Noir-songstress-drag fabulous!
      Otherwise, the pieces are better that are not so outrageous in proportion. And I don’t see much cohesion at all.

    • http://kittysdrawings.com Esz

      Its like the 1940s on acid. I LOVE IT.

    • evave2

      Who designed the fascinators? Some of them are so intriguing.

    • uprightcitizen

      Well, I suppose a girl needs a little something with a little bit of wacky oomph if, say, her date is wearing a suit from the latest Thom Browne men’s collection. But how did Winona Ryder’s costume from “Beetlejuice” sneak its way in there?

    • Annaline39

      Fashion by Looney Tunes?

    • altermyego

      Why does the model in the third picture look like she’s holding a neck pillow?
      And the hair piece on #5 looks like it’s from the Rip Taylor collection, for those of you who are old enough to remember who he is. He used to throw confetti all around wherever he went.

    • Shawn EH

      Puce! The triumphant return of puce!

    • Therese Bohn

      At first I honestly thought these were all men in bad drag! They all look so sad. Understandably in a few cases. Some of these are really stunning– (16-19- and 23). I love the 40’s vibe.

    • Matjaž Bogataj

      Just put a Bianca del Rio head on 80% of this clothes… There, now it all makes perfect sense

    • Beardslee

      Wow. I love this, overall. And unlike some, I find this collection more cohesive than many others we’ve seen.
      If I had a different life (and different $$) I would wear a lot of this and have a great time doing so.

    • Fräulein K.

      Much like Schiaparelli’s original designs, done in a modern way! I’m impressed.

    • katarama

      this, unlike, say Raf SImons’s stuff, actually looks like what the designer would do if she were still alive…