(CNN)Today marks the end of Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, where the world’s most prestigious design houses debuted their Spring-Summer 2017 collections in elaborately staged runway shows.
To capture the most memorable moments, CNN Style commissioned fashion illustrator Velwyn Yossy
to illustrate the highlights in her distinctive water colors.
"@jpgaultierofficial revisits the 80s with flower power and bright colourful graphics" – @velwyn
Once again, Dutch designer Iris van Herpen was unrivaled in her use of innovative technology. Her monochromatic dresses — designed on the computer, made from synthetic materials, and molded by hand — seemed like walking optical illusions.
“I am perpetually amazed by Iris’ continuous innovation and cross-exploration in fashion design, architecture and technology,” Yossy says.
Couture week is underway in Paris, and CNN Style has tapped @velwyn to capture our favorite looks from the runway. First up: @irisvanherpen. “I am perpetually amazed by Iris' continuous innovation and cross-exploration in fashion design, architecture and technology,” Velwyn says.
Also bucking convention, Viktor & Rolf revamped damaged dresses with patches of mismatched luxury fabrics. The seams were trimmed with gold, recalling the Japanese art of kintsugi, where broken ceramics are reassembled with gold, silver or platinum along the cracks.
"In @viktor_and_rolf's collection, we find layers of deconstruction and juxtaposition. Referencing the philosophical practice of kintsugi, gold is added to embrace the imperfections." – @velwyn
Chanel’s new bride
At Chanel, Lily-Rose Depp, the 17-year-old daughter of Johnny Depp and French actress Vanessa Paradis, had the honor of being the bride — that is, the last model to walk the runway in the show’s most extravagant look. She walked with Karl Lagerfeld in a diaphanous pink gown with a tiered skirt and oversized, ruffled sleeves as he acknowledged the audience.
For @chanelofficial, "@karllagerfeld reinvents subtle silhouettes that are airy and quintessentially elegant" – @velwyn
Beautiful and bizarre
What would couture week be without the true eccentrics fusing wit and artistry on the runway? At Maison Margiela, John Galliano showed a mastery of both with two faces: one, a smoke-like face made of black tulle, hand-shaped by artist Benjamin Shine; the other, what seems to be a riff on the vomiting-rainbows Snapchat lens
embroidered onto a white tulle shirt.
“Galliano managed to capture the essence of an artistic youth with his bold and expressive collection,” Yossy said, though it was his dcortiqu hat that she was most drawn to.
"Galliano managed to capture the essence of an artistic youth with his bold and expressive collection," illustrator @velwyn said of the designer's latest couture collection at @maisonmargiela.
Following her feminism-infused ready-to-wear debut in September, Dior designer Maria Chiuri Grazia elaborated on her vision for the brand with a collection of whimsical gowns (think full skirts, tulle and flowers) shown in an indoor labyrinth of leaves and moss.
"Maria Grazia Chiuri envisions a seductively romantic and whimsical take on contemporary @Dior haute couture." — @velwyn
But while Grazia stole the bulk of the spotlight with her fairytale designs, it was also a big moment for her former partner, Pierpaolo Piccioli, who showed his first couture collection as a solo designer at Valentino.
“Continuing with Valentino’s essence, Pierpaolo Piccioli’s reimagines a statuesque and understated perfection in his solo debut,” Yossy said.
Memories of @maisonvalentino. "Continuing with Valentino's essence, Pierpaolo Piccioli's reimagines a statuesque and understated perfection in his solo debut," said fashion illustrator @velwyn.
At the other end of the spectrum, Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia showed an unconventional collection of disparate looks that wouldn’t look out of place walking along your local high street.
Artist and illustrator @velwyn recreated an "always irreverent and contemporary" look from @vetements_official
Light-wash dad jeans, studded leather jackets and hoodies were shown alongside a knee-length fur coat, silk dresses and, in a tongue-in-cheek reference to couture tradition, a billowing wedding gown.
The show was polarizing, but the brand has once again forced the fashion community — as well as shoppers — to reevaluate the meaning of luxury and value.
Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/27/fashion/haute-couture-paris-fashion-spring-summer-2017/index.html