By Yiling Lai
This is one of the busiest seasons for the fashion industry. Just after the menswear fashion week, the Haute Couture fashion week is proceeding feverishly. When talking about Haute Couture, it’s more like an art exhibition than a fashion show, because what the models wear are all artworks rather than just a garment. Designers devote all their talent in every inch of the clothes to make them be the most beautiful garments in the world.
Almost every single picture taken from the Haute Couture fashion show is beautiful enough to be a phone’s background and this year was no exception. The theme of the Chanel’s spring/summer fashion show was “Garden,” and dedicated to nature. In order to echo the garden theme, the designer Karl Lagerfeld chose bees as one of the most important design elements in this show. The gold bees were tailored on the black voile sleeves, and the small diamonds, which are worn on the chest, are also arranged as bees.
However, bees are a theme for a lot of designers this year. In Dior’s Haute Couture fashion show, bees were used in the same ways as the Chanel’s show. This same blooming garden theme, the use of gauze, and the decorations’ position makes people feel like they are watching the same show.
Besides Chanel and Dior, there are many other brands that use bees in their design. Gucci used this element early in its 2015 fall/winter fashion show, and maintained this element in its 2016 spring/summer fashion show as well. For Kate Spade, its 2016 spring/summer’s bags look like bees and honeycomb, prominently using this theme.
It might be so overwhelming because everyone is starting to use bees, but most designers just want to deliver a bustling and blooming concept by this element. On the other hand, these little cuties also bring a romantic sense to the fashion world. While the minimalism was so admired, these bees can definitely spice up our fashion style.