The 2nd digital Couture Week

There might not have been any significant showing of latex wardrobe pieces, but Digital Couture Week indeed revealed some wickedly creative haute couture. Opting for socially-distanced audiences and video collages, the grand fashion outing showed a display from Valentino far from the action, a celebrity sighting or two (more than two actually), fantastic new designs…and some horses.

Fendi, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chanel and even Adidas partner, environmental group Parley for the Oceans were on hand. Even Alber Elbaz presented, after a half-decade of not appearing at the show. Both male and female collections were presented with what could be argued, even more creativity than usual unleashed for this 2nd pandemic sartorial showdown.

Skipping Paris in light of French COVID-19 restrictions, Valentino’s runway was the floor of the scrumptious Palazzo Colonna Great Hall in Rome. The ivory cashmere and leather coats of full dripping gold sequins, sleeveless turtlenecks, and white cotton floor-length gowns littered with silk and rhinestones were undoubtedly fantastic. But the model wearing all that gold face paint was the most arresting take-away…other than the setting of the show.

We can also thank Valentino for employing what might be seen as the best (and alternative) accessory. Nearly every one of their models walked in a pair of sky-high sexy platforms.

Dior had a horse saunter throughout their tarot-inspired wardrobe, while Chanel’s last model came dressed in wedding white, stepping off an equally white horse. She then walked among the brand’s ambassadors Penelope Cruz, Lily-Rose Depp, and Vanessa Paradis…set at a safe distance from one another, of course.

But this front-row celebrity array did not compare to the highlight of the shows (or at least what the blog-sphere was on about this week). Demi Moore opened the Fendi show by walking down their runway (Naomi Campbell closed the show), with Bella Hadid, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, and Christy Turlington also appearing for the brand.

Fashion continues, in whatever form new collections take or are presented. And we are thankful.

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