“She didn’t whisper, she came in like a wrecking ball” -Daniel Roseberry on Elsa Schiaparelli’s Style.
My fascination with Elsa Schiaparelli designs began when learning about her stylish granddaughter, Marisa Berenson, a model and style icon for the ages. I was inspired by her modeling work from the 1960s-1970s. It was then that I learned about the French haute couture house. Elsa Schiaparelli was bold and brazen among a sea of designers – her jeweled accessories and elegant statement pieces command attention.
I visited Paris for the first time many years ago and stayed at the Ritz in Place Vendôme. During that trip, I was eager to visit the Schiaparelli boutique, but at that time, it was closed. Fast forward to the 2020 lockdown, during which I spent the majority of my free time reading about fashion and daydreaming about social events picking up once again. It was then that Daniel Roseberry was appointed Creative Director of the Maison. As an enthusiastic vintage collector, I thought about what lay ahead for the couturière’s exciting future. Daniel has a great understanding of the Madame Schiaparelli aesthetic, and his creations have made the Maison come alive once more as if she were still here.
During VOGUE’s Forces of Fashion event, Daniel Roseberry was interviewed and talked about Elsa’s style, which deeply resonated with me and how I view my own style – the transformation from daytime to evening: “Schiaparelli had this dichotomy between the woman that she was during the day, which was about rigor and discipline and severity. She called it ‘hard chic.’ She would transform at night and the introvert or ‘restrained’ as she called it would become extroverted and performative.”
This dichotomy is what Daniel Roseberry understands so well – the need for women to be successful, self-supporting, able to achieve the personal and professional life balance, and the desire to disengage from that reality for a more fantastical reality in the evening.
During fashion week, the Maison Schiaparelli invited me to attend the Spring 2023 collection in Paris this past September at the Place Vendôme. Daniel, who has been carrying the torch as the creative director since 2019, was showcasing a collection that was on fire! The captivating colors, unexpected metallic and jeweled details, witty accessories, and luxurious fabrics were true to what I had imagined many years ago when first learning about the fashion house.
Viewing the collection was a very special experience. I loved being able to admire and appreciate the fashion house’s craftsmanship up close. The eclectic designs were novel and très chic- candy for my eyes as they devoured the designs’ beauty and eccentricity. I continue to be inspired by Daniel’s imagination and creative spirit as he continues to carry Elsa’s legacy as an avant-garde couturier and her distinct artful and luxurious approach.