Schiaparelli started the Paris Fashion Week strongly by displaying their Spring-Summer 2023 collection. The special show hosted by the historic couture brand was attended by several well-known people from the entertainment and fashion world. But it was Kylie Jenner and Doja Cat's outfits that truly attracted the attention of web users and fashionistas everywhere.
As Kylie Jenner arrived at the opening show of Paris Fashion Week carrying a lifelike lion's head on her shoulder, audiences erupted.
The Schiaparelli confirmed that her dress, which also made an appearance on the runway, was composed of silk faux fur and painted to resemble being as "lifelike as possible."
Before the fashion show started, people on social media speculated that Jenner would be the one to wear a real lion's head if anyone did. Some criticised the decision arguing that there is the need to stop portraying animals as high-end products. Animal activists emphasize that lions are an endangered animal since their pelts have always been used to produce clothes.
The brand responded to critics on its instagram. They wrote in all caps to emphasize, "NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN MAKING THIS LOOK," to make their argument very apparent. The animal head was made out of foam, wool and faux fur only, they emphasized.
Strong linkages to the surrealist art style are seen in the fashion house collage, which was established around 1927. Elsa Schiaparelli, the founder, used exotic furs and animal skins on its pieces, like other high-end fashion firms at the time. When Tod's Group relaunched the brand in 2012, large animal elements were still there but the firm has since given up real fur.
Jenner's suit was one of many faux fur ensembles designed by Daniel Roseberry. Naomi Campbell featured a similar lifelike animal head sprouting from her bodice. She wore a strapless snow leopard dress and a the black wolf's head on the right side.
The use of animals in the collection did not bother all animal rights activists; in fact, Ingrid Newkirk, the president of Peta, thought it was beautiful. She reportedly thinks the business's collection of three-dimensional animal heads is "fabulously" unique and "may be a statement against trophy hunting, in which lion families are split apart to satisfy human egotism."
Prior to the performance at the Petit Palais, musician Doja Cat also garnered attention. She adorned 30,000 Swarovski crystals and had crimson painted all over her body and face.
It took more than five hours to apply the intricate visual effects makeup, which Pat McGrath, the makeup artist who designed it, dubbed "Doja's inferno" and the nine circles of hell.
Doja Cat’s fashion designer Brett Alan Nelson attended the show while wearing identical red Vetements outfits and long jackets. She then took a seat a few feet away from Kylie Jenner in the first row.
The American singer-songwriter's decision to paint herself red for the Schiaparelli presentation during the Fashion Week has shocked both fashion experts and her fans. The fashion police on the internet have had differing opinions about the singer's attire for Paris Couture Week.
If anyone can go to Paris Fashion Week and create a statement, it is Kylie Jenner and Doja Cat. One can only wait to see what other interesting looks they have in store.
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