Fashion Bumps

oh, baby! at the recent haute couture shows in paris, maternity dressing became a prominent (and seriously chic) subplot

When Karl Lagerfeld closed his recent Chanel winter '14/'15 couture presentation with a pregnant bride – the luminous New Zealand model Ashleigh Good dressed in a dramatic white neoprene empire gown and floor-length cape embroidered entirely with gilt curls – it was clear that a blooming belly was the house’s statement of sorts, perhaps on love and also on the oftentimes outmoded approach to maternity wear.

As if by osmosis, the fashion set seemed to be in tune with the idea; a number of powerful pregnancy looks stole the attention in the front row: from System magazine Editor Elizabeth von Guttman and Russian Tatler’s Fashion Director Anya Ziourova to the actress Rosamund Pike, all gloriously with-child and overtly in style.

Glow on: main image above, the Baroque-inspired finale at Chanel's haute couture show, courtesy of Chanel. Right, Elizabeth von Guttman at Versace; Rosamund Pike and Anya Ziourova at Christian Dior; Images from Getty Images.