Haute couture possesses a wealth of levels and connotations, amongst the most influential of which are its long-lasting charm and the value of its heritage. It is precisely this pursuit of perfection that gives haute couture its outstanding sustainability; even in this age of fast fashion, its uniqueness is a beacon of brilliance.
The source of this sustainability lies not only in its exquisite designs but also the inheritance of innovation and craftsmanship that it embodies. In her Autumn/Winter 2020/21 collection “SAVANNAH”, Guo Pei has elegantly fused the spirit of nature with exquisite artistry.
With a history stretching back thousands of years, felt is the oldest textile in recorded history. For this collection, Guo Pei has chosen this non-knitted fabric in order to get as close as possible to the feel and emotions of nature; the felt’s simple texture complements the intricate and consummate embroidery, and haute couture’s artistic techniques sincerely reproduce the majestic and tenacious landscapes of the savannah – added together, these elements open up an exquisitely moving dialogue that is filled with passion.
“SAVANNAH” also features a completely new transformation process – these pieces have undergone a manual method which creates textures sculptured by needlework with distinct three-dimensional spaces overlaid onto two-dimensional fabrics. The precise benefit of this is that it gives the pieces in this collection an extremely expressive profile and structure, which creates magnificent visual effects and conveys Guo Pei’s exploratory meditations on life.
The use of weaving here is an apt way of shining a light upon the collection’s deep-rooted inspiration. A series of different hues of green raffia, deeply inspired by the wilderness of Africa, produce a natural quality, which brings forth the intimate sense of joy intended by this collection. Delicate patterns born from this technique appear in this collection on collars, plackets, and even the side and back of trousers; they are there to celebrate this magnificent legend of nature and the boldness of life.