Couture week in Paris has started with a comeback show from Dutch designer Josephus Thimister. His bold collection was inspired by the First World War, featuring military-themed gowns interspersed with menswear looks and even pieces splashed with crimson ‘bloodstains’ to represent the lives lost in the conflict.
The designer, who has Dutch and Russian heritage, said backstage that, 'It's a tough world we live in,' and 'in rough and tough pieces you can find a kind of poetry.' The collection mixed couture and menswear with miliary detailing all round in a pallette of cream, khaki and scarlet.
Thimister was invited by the French Chambre Syndicale (the body in charge of couture) to hold his show, the first for nine years. As well as his own label, his CV includes being creative director of Balenciaga from 1991 to 1997, and dressing Madonna during the 90s.
Grazia Daily are all proper twizzle-legged with excitement about the couture shows. It’s the first sign (apart from the menswear) of the brand new season – excitement! Our style director Paula Reed is there now, and we will bring you her brilliant show reports as they happen. That's officially your first piece of good news for the week.