Paris Editor Gabriela Billini
Paris Editor Gabriela Billini
Gabriela is a non-native New Yorker who travels the world to understand why people wear what they wear and how. She is an independent fashion reporter, trend chaser, and self-proclaimed beatnik.

Yumi Katsura Spring Summer 2018: Paris Fashion Week

Yumi Katsura Paris Fashion Week FW18

Represented by New Kid.

This season’s haute couture collection revolves around Katsura’s love for the arts and the exuberance they give to their admirers. Working with the prints of globally recognized artists, she gives the masterpieces another life, having created her very own in the same moment.

The prints are gentle and have a resounding feeling of east and west, particularly because of the florals resembling those in an ancient eastern miniature painting and those more romantic iterations found in the western school of the arts. This example shows Katsura’s profound understanding of the arts, (potentially a patron herself) because even the very style and perspective of such a pure symbol, the flower, in art is such a carefully considered detail. Having juxtaposed these two visions in look #2 is not just bold, but transcendent.

Yumi Katsura: Paris FW18

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In true Yumi fashion, she continues to test the capabilities of certain fabrics and asks them to give additional dimension, feeling, that is not typically done. The way she drapes and layers really plays on the magic of volume.

This collection can quite simply be described as exuding an old idea of luxury and elegance that is accessible, young and sensual, yet relaxed. More feminine it couldn’t be, considering the carefully selected motifs and the designer’s care for the feminine figure. She knows form so well that it’s impossible not to acknowledge the perfection and balance in each individual extraordinary gown.

She also adorned the models with a vast collection of impressive jewels- hair accessories and extraordinary earrings that can only be described as fascinators for the ears.

I am personally a big fan of volume and unconventional sleeves. Combined, I couldn’t possibly dream of a more beautiful iteration than that of Katsura’s look number 19, a cocktail-length off the shoulder number, donning the famous Japanese painting the Great Wave of Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai, which knocks dimension and volume of its socks and takes it a step further considering the texture involved. If it was even possible, it even looks comfortable. The gathers/pleats alone, where the sleeve begins, is an example of great skill.

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