Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is the crème de la crème of the fashion world. During this time, we can always count with over-the-top designs, and this season did not disappoint. There were life-sized rag dolls, the return of a legend and gowns worthy of Daenerys Targaryen.
The season rapidly wrapped its four-day-long event with some of the biggest names in fashion. From Elie Saab to Maison Margiela and Giambattista Valli, here are all the highlights of these highly anticipated fashion shows.
Viktor & Rolf
With this collection, the designers wanted to show a surreal side of reality, hence the use of life-sized rag dolls. According to Viktor Horsting, “these [dolls] are fighting for a better world” via the patchwork symbolizing unity.
The Lebanese designer elevated her haute couture game, as she sent out an array of breathtaking gowns- enough for an entire season of galas, red carpets, and lavish occasions. Saab’s view of female power dating to medieval times was like bringing a fairy tale to life.
John Galliano presented the label’s collection in an ultra exclusive setting, where tea and macaroons were served on rose-sprigged china. This time around, he drew inspiration from the new meaning of glamour, since nowadays, glamour has equal parts of magic and illusion, mixed with a dose of reality. Leather bodices, trench coat gabardine, and classic Norwegian sweaters were the silhouettes chosen.
Valli has been one of the favorites in the haute couture scene for the past few years, and he kept his title with this collection. He worked his way through cascading skirts, ballet tulle gowns, exquisite jewels and draped silk chiffon numbers.
Murad’s ethereal collection took everyone’s breath away. There was a strong line between fantasy and glam, as his gowns were made for a queen. This collection embodied royalty and empowerment, as his stunning showpieces included intense beadwork, lace and sheer fabrics with flowing trails and structured gowns designed to flatter a woman’s self-confidence and body.
Ralph & Russo
Tamara Ralph drew inspiration from master photographers for this collection. It was a lavish display of opal and gold crystals, sequins, appliques and pearls meticulously integrated into each look. The show counted with tailored cocktail pieces, but evening wear was the star of the night as metallic scalloping, sapphire lace, and crystal embroidery.
After a six year hiatus, Azzedine Alaïa came back to the fashion calendar. His passionate vision made a clear statement during his show. He showcased three-dimensional textures, above-the-knee coats, and up-to-the-knee boots.