Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: 3 must-see shows
Guo Pei is one of the guest members invited to show a collection at this year's Paris Haute Couture Week. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)
Published Saturday, January 23, 2016 1:21PM EST
The French capital plays host to Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week from Jan. 24 until Jan. 28, with around 30 catwalk shows lined up on the official schedule. But certain shows will be of particular interest to the fashion world this year, including one show staged with no creative director or the first steps of a fledgling fashion house in the world of haute couture.
With the official haute couture houses plus foreign members and guest members, around 30 catwalk shows are scheduled for Haute Couture Week. As of Jan. 24, the fashion world will cast its gaze on Paris to spot upcoming trends for spring/summer 2016, and the world will get a sneak preview of the gowns due to grace the red carpet at this year's star-studded ceremonies.
However, all eyes will be on three fashion houses in particular at the 2016 Haute Couture Week: Christian Dior, Yiqing Yin and Guo Pei.
Christian Dior post-Raf Simons
The departure of Raf Simons as creative director at Dior in October sent shockwaves through the fashion world. Eyes will be fixed firmly on this haute couture show, which is taking place on Jan. 25 with no creative director. The design team alone has been in charge of this collection, as it was for the autumn/winter 2016 to 2017 ready-to-wear collection. This isn't a first for Dior, which saw itself in a similar situation after parting ways with John Galliano in 2011, but this preview will still no doubt be one of the most closely watched. Dior could even take the opportunity to make its much-awaited announcement of Raf Simons' replacement.
Newcomer Guo Pei
Haute couture's "Chambre syndicale" announced back in November that Chinese designer Guo Pei would be joining the Paris catwalk for the first time as a special guest this year. Guo Pei's Jan. 27 preview will be the closing show of this prestigious fashion week (only jewelry will be shown the final day, Jan. 28), and it's definitely one to watch. A new arrival will understandably pique the interest of the fashion world, but Guo Pei is also known for creating a huge buzz last year when Rihanna wore her enormous yellow coat-dress to the 2015 Met Ball. Pictures of the red-carpet outfit went viral around the world and on social networks within just a few hours. As a result, this spring/summer 2016 collection is even more keenly anticipated.
A new era for Yiqing Yin
The fashion house created by Chinese-born, Paris-raised and Paris-based designer Yiqing Yin was awarded "haute couture" status back in December. Although this isn't the first time the label has presented its collections during Haute Couture Week, it was, until now, only doing so as a guest member. This marks a new era for the young designer, who recently quit her role as creative director of Léonard to concentrate on her own label. She was also named "Best Fashion Designer" at France's "Globes de Cristal" awards ceremony in 2015. The front row of this show is sure to be a hot ticket.