This season’s standout runway looks have been curated into stunning ten-page feature for the March 2017 issue of Collezioni Haute Couture magazine. Swoon over crystallized designs by Givenchy, Atelier Versace, Alexandre Vauthier, Azzaro, Antonio Grimaldi, Christian Dior Couture, Alexis Mabille, Gattinoni, Renato Balestra, and Jean Paul Gaultier:
Givenchy’s Ricardo Tisci adds movement and tension to his signature gothic, with Twenties black beaded fringing repurposed to bind the body in an ankle-skimming gown. At Atelier Versace, the fringing is hung from a nude mini-dress in shimmering silver. Matched with a shoulder-robed tux, its nude-to-silver dégradé crocodile skin crystal crust says “sensationally snappy dresser.” Alexandre Vauthier’s barely-there mini-dress is an asymmetric mantle of glistening white crystals. Thirties Art Deco glamour is invoked by Azzaro, its elegant gown featuring a front slit that pulls back into a short train. Trademark cutouts expose the waist as its sparkling midnight blue top connects, via jeweled centerpiece, with a slinky satin bottom in creamy latte. Antonio Grimaldi also makes use of the train for his riff on Thirties loungewear. Crystal piping completes the dusky rose silk pajamas. Christian Dior embellishes gauzy layers of black with twinkling diamond-shaped crystal transfers. Alexis Mabille bejewels diadem-crowned sleeves of crosshatched ribbons with emerald and white crystals to complement a crêpe evening sheath and cape. Floral inspiration is everywhere: Fifties party-dress perfection at Gattinoni sees damask roses decorate vintage sage-toned frills. A peach satin bodice daintily embroidered with crystal pearls slips demurely over the top. Renato Balestra is a little more revealing with a glittering cascade of candy pink and lilac flowers forming a plunging décolletage. A full skirt keeps the look sweetly girlish. Jean Paul Gaultier, meanwhile, gives his blooms a grown-up edge with a monochrome crystallized hibiscus print sheath corseted at the front and worn over a vest.