Spring-Summer 2014 – It has been 50 years since an Elsa Schiaparelli design graced the runway and, in what has been arguably the most anticipated show of the season, Schiaparelli’s new creative director Marco Zanini proved that clearly it has been 50 years too long.

Bringing us a relatively uniformed colour combination, Elsa Schiaparelli’s new collection blended smoky greys with sweet pastels and crisp whites to create a dreamy colour palette.

Yet, amidst the watery greys and creamy pinks were dashing moments of bright, clashing prints that clearly paid homage to the label’s founder and her known love for the ‘avant garde’.

The dresses, which embodied unique and exquisite drapery and featured in a series of light, airy fabrics, made up the the focus point of this collection. The silhouettes and shapes featured on the runway were fairly mixed and offered a playful alternative to the structured and strictly tailored silhouettes so synonymous with Haute Couture.

A full tulle skirt, Christian Bérard style hat and an embellished veil account for just some of the intriguing and eccentric shapes present within the collection.

By combining beautiful colours, carefully placed embellishment and delicate draping the collection not only brought us a dreamy, other worldly aesthetic, it also proved to be entirely worth the wait.

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Written by Orla Wallis

Currently in her final year at De Montfort University studying Journalism and Film. With a lifelong love affair with both fashion and the written word, Orla will move to London after she graduates and become a successful fashion journalist

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