Highlights From Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week 2017 – The biggest names in the fashion world flocked to Paris on Sunday, kicking off this year’s Paris Haute Couture Week. The highly anticipated four-day-long event has brought together the most well-known designers, models and fashion moguls to debut their latest collections. So far, the shows have not disappointed. Powerhouses like Miu-Miu, Dior, Hermes, and Chanel kicked off the summer event to the delight of many, each boasting a successful and indelible sample of their upcoming seasons. From Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior safari to Karl Lagerfeld‘s Chanel greenhouse in the Grand Palais, look back at the highlights from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week autumn/winter 2017 in pictorial form.
Bella Hadid was among the models to walk for Lagerfeld in his latest, dramatic colour-infused fur collection for Fendi.
Jean Paul Gaultier
Coco Rocha brought a playful twist to the Jean Paul Gaultier show by making her way down the catwalk on a bike.
Viktor & Rolf
Models walked the Viktor & Rolf catwalk wearing large, wide-eyed woolen heads, wearing modified MA-1 bomber jackets and Doc Martens.
Designer Zuhair Murad posing with models after the Zuhair Murad show.
In place of last season’s gigantic rocket sat a statue of the Eiffel Tower, as Karl Lagerfeld paid homage to Paris’ parks.
Models strode through the vast Grand Palais greenhouse in bold, experimental silhouettes, as well as the tweed, pearl-flecked pieces that are the brand’s signatures.
He’s known for his frothy, tumbling tulle gowns and Giambattista Valli’s Couture autumn/winter 2017 collection didn’t disappoint.
Models wore decadent jewellery on down the catwalk, often doubled – or tripled – together to dramatic effect.
Draped sleeves appeared heavily in the collection…
… as did rather dramatic, bow-like sleeves.
Details at Giambattista Valli.
Ralph & Russo
Ralph & Russo’s Couture offering chimed with the current red carpet trend for feather-embellishment. Prepare for a plucky awards season come winter.
As well as the wooden animal sculptures, Italian artist Pietro Ruffo built a star-shaped amphitheater for models to walk around. Globetrotting genius.
Dior feted the brand’s Designer Of Dreams exhibition launch, which charts 70 years of Christian Dior’s fashion legacy, with a star-studded party at Les Arts Décoratifs.
Gone are the days when the Atelier Versace show was staged with a hub of celebrities on and off the runway. The highlights of the private presentation were a gilded jumpsuit that looked as if armour had been poured on to the body, and a dress complete with a 3D-printed necklace of snakes.
Los Angeles-based designer Monique Lhuillier showed her Spring/Summer 2018 ready-to-wear collection in Paris too.
Iris Van Herpen
Marking her 10th anniversary collection, Iris Van Herpen brought a collection of 16 cutting-edge creations to Couture Fashion Week.
Guests at Couture Fashion Week, Miu Miu’s resort collection kicked off proceedings with a bang.
“Eighteenth Century meets the Seventies” was the mood of Peter Dundas’s Resort 2018 collection, Dundas. Natasha Poly, Lily Donaldson and Georgia May Jagger completed a stellar line-up of models wearing his debut line, which will be available from Moda Operandi from July 7.
Guo Pei’s collection was inspired by the glamour of bygone eras, taking the classic silhouettes of old Hollywood and infusing them with a newfound metallic shine.
Ballgowns, worthy of a classic Hollywood red carpet, abounded.
The nostalgic collection included a wide array of film-worthy, floor-sweeping gowns.
Contoured fit-and-flare cocktail numbers, and seductress mermaid styles, also featured.
Hair stylist Oldie Gilbert called upon LA-based florist Joseph Free to aid his woodland nymph beauty look. The pair fixed garlands of Gypsophila into the models’ hair with gold bows and silk ribbons.
Once the domain of festival fields, the humble flower crown received a couture makeover at Rodarte.
The clothes followed suit, sticking to a floral and ethereal nature.
Proenza Schouler debuted in the French capital – and nothing was lost in translation. Paris craft informed Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, as the design duo solicited the skills of French specialist ateliers to embolden the spring/summer 2018 collection.
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