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February 6, 2017
By Marcellous L. Jones
Images Courtesy of Guo Pei
Paris, France – During the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of the haute couture fashion week, the Chinese couture star Guo Pei presented a spectacular collection for the season. It was on an extremely cold night of 1° on this occasion on which she decided to take us to the Ile de la Cité to witness her latest glory.
Guo Pei is not known for the subtlety of her presentations. Rather she opts always for the most extravagant and opulent of spectacles as the way to showcase her work. This season we have a theatrical presentation to complete with the legendary Carmen dell’Orfice, who has been a supermodel since her first Vogue cover on December 15, 1947. Her appearance was just one of the many highlights of this cabinet of wonders. Her appearance gave the already other century presentation a new kick. She appeared in a blood red ensemble of a dress, cape with high rising collar, leather gloves, etc. It is finished with embroideries in semi-precious stones.
The collection is one that appears more destined for theatre presentations and both period and fantasy films, rather than being intended to wear. The looks bear the mark of Guo Pei’s elaborate handmade embroideries. Though the stitch embroidery work continues to be a bit too heavy for Western tastes, we do recognize their importance in the overall perception of the work. Then there are the many sheath gowns and corseted looks created in richly produced silks. Each look has been accessorized with the crowns. And in each, we see the strongly visible symbols of Christian mysticism.