Ellery Couture Spring 2018

Ellery had a major first this season. The Australian brand with a cult following presented its first couture show alongside a pre-fall ready-to-wear collection. It was the second time the line had presented in Paris, and suiting, chunky capes and draped dresses dominated the runway—plus, some new silhouettes that might take the top tier place of “most wanted” in lieu of the brand’s signature wide flare trousers. Here, our show notes for the collection.
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Memorable piece —

Look 2, a jacquard burgundy blanket cape covered in what looked like little faces and wrapped up and pinned with a brooch near the neckline.


Remarkable fabric —

Look 30, a knee-length white dress with various thicknesses of mesh fabric overlaid. It was equal parts chic business woman and mermaid princess.

Look 20
Look 20
Look 30
Look 30

Best accessory —

The two-toned silver and gold drop earrings worn by most of the models.


Collection inspiration —

The collection was inspired by a new Ellery woman that relates to couture: “A joy for objects, an eye for detail and a mind that dreams to bring them together,” according to the brand’s statement. Transcending mediums, including art, sculpture and upholstery were also influences and Ellery is calling this collection “a new chapter.”


Potential trend —

The return of the statement pant (in the form of glittery trousers from your Kira Kira dreams) and patent animal print pants and also, remixed suiting. There were several suits with unexpected cut-outs and oversized silhouettes that felt extremely modern and new.

The location —

The show took place inside Paris’ École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (a prominent fine arts school near the Seine). A bright red-orange carpet made the setting feel surreal.


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