The Schiaparelli spring-summer 2024 haute couture runway extravaganza took center stage, promising a fashion experience like no other. Leading this mesmerizing journey was the creative genius behind Schiaparelli, Daniel Roseberry. He guided the audience from the heart of Paris to the untamed terrains of Texas, paying homage to his own roots, before propelling them into the cosmos, where high-fashion extraterrestrial beings awaited. This season, the surrealism that characterizes the house of Schiaparelli ventured deep into the realm of science fiction, delivering a visual delight for fashion enthusiasts.

While the front row boasted an exceptional lineup of celebrities, including Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Jennifer Lopez, Carla Bruni, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, and Nadia Lee Cohen, it was 10 in the morning when Daniel Roseberry transported us to these extraordinary realms.

This haute couture showcase made headlines early in the day, particularly with its sixth and seventh ensembles. The show began with Maggie Maurer, a muse for Daniel Roseberry, dressed in a white tank top and trousers, cradling a baby robot adorned with Swarovski crystals and technological artifacts dating back to pre-2007. The subsequent look, titled the “robot dress,” continued to explore this fusion of materials.

As the American designer aptly put it, “Elsa Schiaparelli cherished unexpected combinations in her own creations, and the models in this collection uphold that tradition, blending ancient techniques with shapes, patterns, and references from the new world.”

In a world where the CIA has recently declassified some archives related to UFOs and extraterrestrials, Daniel Roseberry weaves a tale of Giovanni, Elsa Schiaparelli’s uncle and the director of the Brera Observatory in Milan. In 1877, Giovanni made the groundbreaking discovery of a series of canals on the surface of Mars, coining the term “Martian.”

Given the house founder’s deep fascination with astrology, this haute couture showcase propels us into space with couture alien looks. A “creature” gown intricately embroidered with handcrafted nude petals mimicking scales, a collar (look 3), and bodies transformed with extreme breastplates and plunging necklines (looks 18, 20, 24, 29, and 32) redefine the architecture of the human form.

As a Texas native, Daniel Roseberry injects personal references into this season’s collection by infusing abstract Western motifs into Schiaparelli’s surreal universe. Sequin-embellished bandanas (look 20), belt buckles transformed into thigh-high cowboy boots (looks 17), a pair of trousers (look 4), a mini-skirt (look 17), and a jacket (look 8), iconic horsehair braiding knots transformed into accents on a suede bomber jacket (look 23), and a white denim suit (look 14) all pay homage to the wild west. Not to be forgotten, fringes emerge as oversized sleeves (look 17) and surreal adornments on dresses (looks 22 and 24).

The fusion of these seemingly unrelated elements weaves a captivating narrative that exemplifies Schiaparelli’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of haute couture. In this captivating journey, robots, aliens, and cowboys coexist harmoniously on the runway, offering a rich tapestry of fashion that transcends the ordinary and embraces the extraordinary. Schiaparelli’s spring-summer 2024 haute couture collection stands as a testament to the brand’s avant-garde spirit and unwavering dedication to artistic innovation. It leaves an indelible mark on the world of high fashion, inspiring us to explore the limitless possibilities of couture.

Creative Director: Daniel Roseberry

Fashion Editor/Stylist: Marie Chaix

Hair Stylist: Guido Palau

Makeup Artist: Pat McGrath

Casting Directors: Helena BalladinoPiergiorgio Del Moro

Publicist: Lucien Pagès

Models: Amar AkwayAngelina KendallAnnemary AderibigbeAnouk SmitsAymeline ValadeBibi BreslinChu WongDiane ChiuFelice Nova NoordhoffGuinevere van SeenusHana SoukupovaHanne Gaby OdieleHenna LintukangasIda HeinerIrina ShaykJeanne CadieuKarlie KlossKarolina SpakowskiLina ZhangLulu TenneyMaggie MaurerMila van EetenMona TougaardNatasha PolyNyaduola GabrielOlivia PalermoRachel MarxRejoice ChuolRouguy FayeTanya ChurbanovaVictoria FawoleWali