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Paris Haute Couture 2016: The Highlights

Paris Haute Couture week is one of the most awaited fashion moments of the year.

At the 5-day event (Sunday 24th January – Thursday 28th), designers presented their Spring/Summer 2016 collections.


Atelier Versace opened fashion week with an ‘Athletic Couture’ collection, which included ropes, straps, clasps and neons, elements that remind of gym clothing. But the pieces are anything but sporty. Donatella Versace said: ‘I was thinking about women at their most focused and most dynamic… Women who push themselves to the limit’. And with a mix of high slits, short hemlines, cutouts and Swarovski crystals, she created a perfect glamorous, sexy collection.


Dior’s first show after Raf Simons’ exit was inspired by the contemporary woman, who is always in a rush but ‘with pride and style’. The collection consisted mostly of shoulder-baring cuts, asymmetrical necklines, embroidery, chiffon and the classic ‘bar’ jacket.

Giambattista Valli

Flowers, tulle and delicate hues are just some of the details of Giambattista Valli’s collection inspired by the beautiful gardens of Paris.


Karl Lagerfeld presented something known as sustainable, eco-friendly fashion for the Chanel show. The classic Chanel suit matched fitted jackets with oval sleeves to a selection of skirts of different styles. Beautiful full length gowns, shades of beige and nature details, such as wood shavings and patterns like flowers, bees and birds completed the models’ looks, who walked the runway in cork platforms and croissant-style buns.


The Armani Privé show was pastels galore. The materials ranged from silk to leather. Beautiful, sophisticated evening gowns in a variety of shades of mauve/lilac, including ruffles and crystals created an elegant feminine look.

Maison Margiela

John Galliano’s collection for Maison Margiela was focused on turning the ‘ordinary to extraordinary’, using contrasting fabrics and everyday materials, like paper and lame. A perfect representation of Galliano’s eccentric style.

Elie Saab

Inspired by the Victorian-Edwardian era, lavender shades, lace, silk, sequins and delicate jewel details are the elements that made the Elie Saab collection stand out.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier paid homage to the 80s with a disco-themed show, jumpsuits, shoulder pads, satin, bright colours and big hair.


The Valentino show presented wonderful Empire silhouettes, with Byzantine influences. The beautiful embellished gowns and tunics were completed with dragons, gold, oriental touches, and materials like velvet and organza. In addition, the models walked barefoot and wore gorgeous snake headpieces.

Guo Pei

Guo Pei, the designer that last year made Rihanna’s famous Met Gala gown, made her debut at this year’s Paris fashion week. Her beautiful collection is a perfect mix between Chinese art and traditions and modern designs.


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