Haute Couture Fashion Week: Schiaparelli Fall 2020

“This collection is a tribute to that impulse to create. It’s also why the world of Schiaparelli has never felt more reflective of our time”

Amid a global pandemic, reality can almost appear surreal. Fortunately for Schiaparelli’s designer, Daniel Roseberry, this is a realm that he is all too familiar with.

The French maison is founded on Surrealist thought; the transformation of everyday objects and organisms into covetable, incredibly imaginative wares. So even though the New York–based Roseberry was a great distance from the brand’s Paris atelier, finding inspiration was as simple as taking a stroll through the park. “Everything has changed, but imagination, and the drive to create, has never been more relevant, or more profound,” he said in a statement. “This collection is a tribute to that impulse to create. It’s also why the world of Schiaparelli has never felt more reflective of our time.”

To spotlight this credo, the brand filmed Roseberry in Washington Square Park, sketching whimsical pieces inspired by his surroundings. There’s a dress that mirrors the folds of a Shar-Pei and a jacket-and-trouser combo that takes after a shaggy sheepdog. His croquis also showcases the handlers of these quirky canines, along with others seated at park benches. Additionally, he touches on the idea of being in lockdown, presenting accessories styled after padlocks and keys.

Still, the opulence that he brought to the brand is not lost. The voluminous, asymmetrical silhouettes that he has shown season after season continue in the fall 2020 lineup, reinforcing his signature stamp on the label.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.

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