As the 2nd Digital Couture 7 days will come to a shut, designers proved that — irrespective of logistical constraints brought on by the coronavirus pandemic — creativity and determination to the best craft in manner is familiar with no bounds.

Glamorous robes had been aplenty, online video shows a lot more vivid than ever, some stars even sat front row (remotely, of system).

Under, a roundup of the week’s most magical moments.

All the pretty horses

Not one particular but two Parisian residences featured a white horse in their shows. At Dior, a horse with a lengthy white mane appeared throughout the tarot-inspired collection, which featured Renaissance-like robes, embroidered capes and fragile, sheer dresses. At Chanel’s bohemian marriage ceremony-inspired outing, the finale design — dressed in an ivory satin and pearl-embellished bridal robe, total with a veil — stepped off a white horse and then walked right before a socially distant VIP front row that provided brand ambassadors Penelope Cruz, Lily-Rose Depp and Vanessa Paradis.

Right after nearly a yr of everyday living in lockdown, a lot of of us have deserted extravagant footwear and surrendered ourselves to footwear that are easy to slip on and off (and preferably lined in shearling). But at Valentino, almost just about every design walked in a pair of sky-substantial platforms. Colorways ranged from muted taupe to eye-popping metallic pink, anchoring appears to be that could possibly come to feel a lot more relaxed specified that it’s couture (consider blazers and sweater vests styled with culottes and trim-match skirts). But as constantly with innovative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, the satan is in the information: tinsel-trimmed trenches, 3-D floral embellished tops and a mesh robe topped with a pearly hood. Hats off to Piccioli for (however yet again) getting his vision for the storied home to new heights.

There was no shortage of glamour

Couture is all about the fantastical: from Schiaparelli’s surrealist 6-pack bustiers and Giambattista’s larger-than-everyday living ballgowns to Armani’s glittering capes. But topping them all was Iris van Herpen, whose ingenious collaboration with NYC-dependent environmental team Parley for the Oceans “upcycled” what it referred to as “marine debris” and turned it into fabric. Shout-out to newcomers to the couture routine, Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk of NYC-dependent label Location. Their party-all set riffs on suiting (starring Important Lee) are a refreshingly modern choose on couture, proper down to the duo’s made-to-evaluate drops. How haute.

The return of Alber Elbaz

Right after a 5-yr hiatus, one particular of the industry’s most beloved designers, Alber Elbaz, made a welcome return to the manner calendar. Virtually. In a mock-documentary online video dubbed “The Clearly show Fashion” and introduced by Elbaz this 7 days, cameos from Marc Jacobs, Anna Wintour and Rick Owens expressed pure joy that the Israeli designer is back again. (The female, cocktail-inspired creations he built during his 2001-2015 tenure at Lanvin are however dearly skipped.) Working under the label AZ Manufacturing unit — a nod to the very first and very last letters of his title — Elbaz explores femininity, practicality and playfulness, all with the thought of dressing conveniently at property. The success? Stretchy black dresses (matching bow optional), athletic shirts and leggings topped with one particular-shoulder satin frocks, plus whimsically printed pajama sets popping out under brightly colored blazers. Sizing ranges from XS to XXXL and falls under a price tag position in between $300-$one,900. Welcome back again, Elbaz.

Kim Jones’ debut at Fendi showcased an all-star forged

Kim Jones is familiar with how to cause a stir — he is, immediately after all, the mastermind driving the Louis Vuitton collaboration with Supreme. He’s also responsible for the hottest sneaker drop of 2020. So it ought to appear as no surprise that for his debut Fendi collection, all of Jones’ supermodel mates turned up to assist IRL. For the duration of a world pandemic, no fewer. The runway display opened with Demi Moore and closed with Naomi Campbell. In in between came Bella Hadid, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Christy Turlington. They all donned Jones’ very first usually takes on couture: black pant suiting, liquid-like robes, or a marrying of the two (see Turlington’s caped suit). Jones’ very first outing for the Italian label will come even though he at the same time churns out widely coveted menswear collections under Dior (each and every of which is regularly chock-whole of It products), a Herculean function he has overseen for the very last a few many years. We can not wait around to see how he fares in each the menswear and womenswear areas going ahead. Super, in fact.