Paris Haute Couture Week is always filled with just the right amount of drama.
It's a display of the most fantastic looks imaginable by some of the fashion world's most notable visionaries and aside from Elie Saab's dreamy gowns which may be worn on the red carpet, it's not meant as a literal runway-to-real-life translation as most fashion shows are. But, imagine we lived in a world where an embellished swimming cap was as common an accessory as a Louis Vuitton Speedy?
Christian Dior and Chanel certainly went full steam ahead with the notion this week. While Dior went full throttle, sending each model down the way with a corresponding swim cap, either glitter or matte, Chanel opted for more of a bridal-by-the-pool look with metallic detail and a tulle veil accompanying a silver embellished bodysuit. All standard presentations from the minds of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Karl Lagerfeld.
The only woman I can recall in recent memory who was brave enough to try this trend was Amber Heard and it was appropriately themed Valentino ensemble for the premiere of Aquaman, in which she plays a water-dwelling superhero. After Valentino first debuted the unlikely accessory for SS19 last year, other high end fashion houses have jumped on board.
Churi told Vogue that the glitter caps sat well with the show's cicrus-themed aesthetic. “The circus is like a little world,” she said. “The idea that it’s round represents in some way the world: a world where you put on your best dress to represent your character.” What about making a splash in your best swimming cap, too?
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