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Best of Paris' Couture Shows

Best of Paris’ Couture Shows

| On 16, Jul 2014

There is nothing more dreamy than Haute Couture shows. Front rows are embellished with celebrities and socialites anticipating  beautiful works by some of the greatest designers. With Paris as the backdrop to such an amazing event, it’s hard not to become fully immersed in the decadence and frivolity of it all.

Haute Couture shows are the epitome of luxe fashion. Not only is the clothing crafted out of rich fabrics dripping in adornments, the venues themselves are works of art. Consider Dior’s show which nonchalantly featured a runway lined with 150,000 white orchids.

When designers are given free reign, they will create collections which are eccentric, labour intensive and expensive. Their creations will be coveted by A-listers and commonfolk alike.

While it is incredibly hard to pick a favourite, I have managed to choose 3 of my favourite shows at Paris this year.

1. Giambattista Valli

Mr Valli’s Fall collection was inspired by a trip he took to the Alhambra Gardens in Granada, Spain one year. Models wore relaxed trousers embroidered with wisteria vines and daisy chains, angelic white dresses splashed with rose petals, summery dresses reminiscent of violet fields and plumes of lavender feathers on lavish bell skirts. The grandiose showcase ended with the display of four boldly coloured ball gown skirts comprised of layered tulle.

The 40’s style accessories given to the models- headscarves and round sunglasses- completed the look and made us all wish we were lounging around the gardens of Spain. tumblr_n8dapro3En1qfk5vjo1_500 tumblr_n8e29q88KQ1r9y7i5o1_1280 tumblr_n8f0c9QqXr1shxqtxo1_500 tumblr_n8i8jrJ5471ruy031o1_500 tumblr_n8iggzZ57P1r3ydyuo1_1280


2. Dior

Before I profess my love for the Dior show, let’s just observe the amazing front row fashion sense of Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson and my personal favourite Olivia Palermo:



Dior, the quintessential French fashion house lived up to its glamorous name, putting on a spectacular show at the Musee Rodin.

On first glance, the show seemed incoherent and disjointed with no theme. Everything from delicate pastel dresses and crepe ruffled skirts to heavy military style coats were on display.

On second inspection, it was revealed that Raf Simons was telling us a story about fashion through the ages. Jacquard corsets and full skirts in blues and silvers  told us about the 18th century. Utilitarian coats in khaki greens and navy blues symbolised wars fought. 20’s style embroidered flapper dresses and 60’s inspired shift dresses were an ode to the 20th century. Raf didn’t forget the present and beyond presenting space-age jumpsuits which were feminised with sparkly thread and waist-cinching belts.

The cherry on the cake has to be the clog/mule/stiletto hybrid shoes in primary colours that were featured on almost every model. I think I’m in love.







3. Valentino

My personal favourite fashion house never fails to impress. Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccoli (yes, I memorised those names) have once again delivered an ethereal  collection full of lustworthy pieces.

The runway lined with lush green leaves took on the role of an enchanted forest. When the show began, it seemed as though birds, insects and magical creatures were emerging. Models were decked out in feathered collars and capes, lashings of gold lace, embroidered florals, gothic flowing chiffon with metallic accents and extreme gladiator sandals to top off the look.

The brains behind the brand somehow always manage to keep to the Valentino aesthetic while changing it just enough to keep it fresh and exciting.

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Here’s to another year of decadence on the fashion front. Haute Couture forever!