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!




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Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email contact@shilpaahuja.com

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