The Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016 collection was inspired by diningware and kitchen elements. Will we wear it? Read our review here!

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Schiaparelli-spring-summer-2016-couture-fashion-show-paris-week-makeup-hairSchiaparelli Spring Summer 2016 fashion show, ‘A Gala dinner… or the pleasures of tasting’ was held as a part of Paris Fashion Week. The collection, inspired by kitchen and gourmet feasting was showcased in the backdrop of diningware, while a pattern of kitchen objects formed the runway floor:

Schiaparelli-spring-summer-2016-couture-fashion-show-background-dress-vegetables“Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy of life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.” Elsa Schiaparelli, Shocking Life, 1954




The theme was set nicely into the collection, as dining table motifs and culinary inspiration were seen a lot. A set of sequin kettles embroidered on a jacket, a kitchen garden pattern embroidered onto a dress, common vegetables on a top and ornamental dinnerware printed on a skirt –  As the fashion house describes – “The very essence of Haute Couture is about creating the extraordinary out of the ordinary.”

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Original and thought-provoking. And very cool. Even so, the kitchen theme will keep me from wearing it. I can visualize perhaps, Miley Cyrus rocking a lobster top or a vegetable garden crop jacket. But as a fashion girl living in a third world country where a girl’s everyday life is about fighting gender stereotypes, I wouldn’t wear a dress with dinnerware motif. A sequin top with some green peas and turnips to show my commitment to vegetarianism, maybe:

Schiaparelli-spring-summer-2016-couture-fashion-show-kitchen-garden-vegetable-motif-sequin-topAnd I can even imagine wearing some of these pieces and having a cooking party with my friends involving root vegetables. But a skirt with a pattern inspired by a dining table top – no, I wouldn’t. Because that would mean to reinforce the female stereotype, to remind people who believe that kitchen and dining are a female’s domain that that’s all a woman can do because her fashion proves it. And because ‘I wanna look like the ‘before’ version of Cinderella’, said no little girl ever!




Schiaparelli Spring Summer 2016 Collection: Gallery