- Title: No runway? We'll always have Paris for Christophe Josse's haute couture
- Date: 8th July 2020
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (JULY 3, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (French) HAUTE COUTURE DESIGNER CHRISTOPHE JOSSE SAYING: "The goal of our approach is to talk about what the fashion house of Christophe Josse is all about, with something timeless, for whatever season, whatever month or year, something that is a bit unchanging and evolving, but with a certain longevity. All of this comes together quite harmoniously in the film and this is what's interesting."
- Embargoed: 22nd July 2020 16:20
- Keywords: Christophe Josse coronavirus designer digital haute couture online
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Fashion
- Reuters ID: LVA004CLY9O49
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: PLEASE NOTE: EDIT 2141-HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/HAUTE COUTURE SHOWS DESIGNERS TALKING ABOUT CREATING COLLECTIONS DURING LOCKDOWN
French designer Christophe Josse was initially doubtful about the idea of a digital haute couture week.
Like his peers, he created a film for this season's online-only format, prompted by coronavirus restrictions on travel and large gatherings, and social distancing measures.
The runway a no-go, Josse turned to Paris as a backdrop, where models Marfa Zoe Manakh and Olivera Zonjic walked along the River Seine, or across the Eiffel Tower in off-white couture, under the evening light.
"Something timeless, for whatever season, whatever month or year, something that is a bit unchanging and evolving, but with a certain longevity," Josse said, describing his fall/winter collection.
Haute Couture Week features one-of-a-kind outfits stitched by hand, presented by a select club of designers.
A member of the haute couture chamber since 2011, Josse often works with neutral tones like beige and crÃ¨me as the canvas for intricate lace or embroidery work. A sheer silk top with wool piping is paired with a long skirt with lightly sequined grass patterns.
Manakh strolls along a colonnade in a long shirt lace dress with lattice patterns. On the steps of an 18th century building, she dons a hooded lace shirt with a wool vest and skirt.
Finally, Josse said, he was convinced that a film was not a bad alternative to the catwalk show, and he might do it again.
"The lighting work, the choice of materials, and the view on each dress is much more precise, more delicate and poetic, that is not there on the day of the runway show," he said.
Josse's haute couture show had already been derailed last January to massive transport strikes and this time, he is unable to see his VIP clients from all over the world in person.
(Production: Melodie Sforza, Michaela Cabrera)
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