The haute couture shows over the past few days in Paris have been absolutely stunning. Since I have already spent quite a bit of time skimming through pictures, I decided to share a few of my favorite looks. Valentino stole the show in my opinion, but Chanel was a close second, followed by Dior. There were also quite a few notable looks from Giambattista Valli. The Indian gypsy inspired collection from Jean Paul Gaultier was made up of luxe fabrics and pieces that playfully recalled many of his greatest hits, but the theme did not carry through in my opinion. It seemed to lack the fluidity and grace of the other collections.
The runway at Chanel was a wooded wonderland with a pallet of black, white, and navy accented by touches of red, lilac, pale pink, and soft green. The whimsy created by feathers, layers of gauze and tulle, and delicate metallic lace knee-high boots was offset by sharp necklines and heavy, sculpted tweed. The makeup was almost gothic with feathery lashes made of mesh.
The models at Dior strutted through low lush garden hedges with bejeweled lips and short, mannequin-like wigs. Black and white also played a main role, but they were contrasted beautifully with pops of bright yellow and colorful floral embroidery.
At Valentino, the model’s faces were left almost bare with low wispy buns, putting all of the focus on the clothes. The collection was minimalist in its use of color, but the crystal beading, wrought-iron embroidery, and simple sculptural design made each piece stand out.
And of course the best for last!