After a four-day whirlwind of fashion shows, Paris Haute Couture fashion week has come to a close. Although the time frame is much shorter than NYFW‘s upcoming 10-day marathon, the stunning gowns just wouldn’t stop. One Elie Saab couture dress, for example, was hand-embroidered with 9,000 sequins and crystals.
Dior exuding strong feminist undertones — as the French fashion house did at its show at Paris’s Musée Rodin — is nothing new in Maria Grazia Chiuris era.
During Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, luxury fashion houses from Dior to Chanel debuted new, one-of-a-kind collections comprised of exquisite, custom-made looks. At Maison Margiela, Bella Hadid walked down the runway in a gold, jewel encrusted bodysuit. For Azzedine Alaia‘s couture comeback after a six-year hiatus, Naomi Campbell opened the show in stunning white and black textured coat. However, the street style scene outside of the Couture Fashion Week shows was equally eye-popping and enviable.
If there’s one thing we can’t get enough of, it’s stars who highlight their own personal style during Fashion Week. With many top celebrities stationed in Paris for the Haute Couture displays, we’re seeing off-duty wardrobes become style priorities — but that’s not all. This week J. Lo donned a sleek low-cut blazer-dress in Beverly Hills and Diane Kruger was spotted in a sexy strapless gown.
This past week, models hit the runways in Paris for Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017. Powerhouse brands like Chanel, Dior, Vetements, and Giorgio Armani all debuted their collections, and once again, the style and beauty looks did not disappoint. But couture has never been known for drawing inside the lines, and this season was no exception. While it’s hard to narrow down the most out-there style and beauty looks, we gave it our best shot. Take a look.
We’re in the middle of Haute Couture Week in Paris, where the world's most exquisite dresses are shown to very fortunate editors and even more fortunate billionaires who can afford to buy these looks. The Internet will of course have much to say about this very elite French institution and how unrealistic it is for the rest of the world – but who cares when the clothes are so beautiful and made by expert hands with the best fabrics and trimmings in the world? Here are the most beautiful dresses from couture so far!
Alessandra Ambrosio looking like she was sent from heaven to walk the Ralph & Russo runway. Alessandra Ambrosio has established herself as an angel on the Victoria’s Secret catwalks, catalogs, and commercials, but she just proved she’s celestial in other realms, as well.
Paging Blue Ivy Carter, Vida Alves McConaughey, and Emme Maribel Muniz! Your looks for your next red carpet have arrived courtesy of Elie Saab’s latest haute couture show.
There have been endless debates about the relevance of haute couture— especially in this era of fast fashion. What’s the point of making clothes that take weeks to embroider, days to assemble and only the mega rich can afford to even gawk at? Not to mention the fact that the profit on the clothes is said to be next to nothing. Yes, it seems excessive, a fashion folly for some very rich housewives.
There is so much oohing and aahing over the gowns at couture that most people see the accessories as an afterthought. But you’d be missing all the fun, as this season designers got freaky with the shoes, bags and jewelry on the runway. And why not? With only a few individuals able to afford these over-the-top gowns (most starting at around $100K) and their totally-out-there accessories, designers need to go to extremes. Take a look.
The fashion flock is in Paris for the spring 2016 haute couture shows, and the street style looks are good. From Olivia Palermo’s perfectly paired uncoordinated prints to Anna Dello Russo’s single raccoon tail Miu Miu statement earring to Kate Bosworth’s emblazoned vest, here’s the best on what’s on the Parisian pavement. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
To be fair, we would rather cuddle this bundle of fluff on the FROW than walk in the show itself. [Photo: Rex]
Photography by Hedi Slimane The Haute Couture shows recently wrapped in Paris, and even though they are considered the most exquisite in all of fashion land, it seems that not everyone wants to play the strict rules of the Fédération Française de la Couture. Each piece will be decided upon on a case by case basis and will include a numbered silk ivory label which will be recorded in the “Monogram House Couture book held by the premier d’atelier flou.” The line will not only be designed by Slimane, but he will also personally decide who among the global glitterati is worthy enough to wear his custom creations. A model in Yves Saint Laurent Couture at the Couture House of Yves Saint Laurent.
The world has been looking to the Italians for fashion inspiration for decades, but for Fall 2015 Haute Couture, the House of Valentino went back a few centuries to Ancient Rome for hair inspiration. The show, appropriately set in the modern city of Rome, attempted to bring back the Roman Forum, where city life once congregated and flourished. Accompanying gladiator-inspired dresses and sandals were “Game of Thrones”-reminiscent romantic braids, crowns, and delicate gold wreaths embellished with gold stars and seals, all styled by Guido Palau.
Behind the star’s striking looks was makeup artist Nick Barose, who created everything from her sparkling eyes at Dior to her glam red lip at the Lancôme 80th Anniversary Party. Sparkling Eyes at the Dior Haute Couture Fall 2015 Show “The bold red Dior dress called for dramatic makeup that isn’t competing in the color department,” says Barose of the black, navy and silver tone eye look he created.
Thinking of giving your hair a chop to deal with the summer heat? Take a few tips from Tuesday’s Chanel Fall 2015 Haute Couture show and hairstylist Sam McKnight. For the intimate casino-themed show in Paris, McKnight sent models like Kendall Jenner, Lindsey Wixson, and Soo Joo Park down the runway with jet black, blunt, asymmetrical wigs.
The Haute Couture shows started in Paris on Sunday and over the next few days, we will not only see the world’s most exclusive fashions in the world, but also the most exquisite jewelry as well. Editors, buyers, and wealthy clients will be filing into Paris to see what rare gems and stones are in store. Without further ado, please let me present the most recent collection from Chanel Fine Jewelry called “Cafe Society.” It’s a tribute to the ladies of the 1920s and dedicated to audacity and inspired by freedom. These two pieces are aptly called “Morning In Vendôme.” Mademoiselle Chanel loved Place Vendôme so much that the namesake brand has named some of her favorite pieces after the famous octagon space.
Kendall Jenner has always know what she’s wanted and hasn’t been afraid to say so (even if her quotes get a bit repetitive — she just really means it). As a kid on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, she idolized her sisters in the way siblings do, but had different ambitions than to dominate the reality show world. Instead, supermodels were her Hillary Clinton. In yet another gig to add to her portfolio, Jenner covers Harper’s Bazaar for the magazine’s May subscriber issue wearing a floral embroidered dress from Chanel’s most recent couture collection. Shot by Karl Lagerfeld in an storage space wearing Haute Couture gowns from Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Givenchy, and more, this is the stuff that Jenner’s dreams are literally made of.
Photo: @voguethailand/Instagram Jean-Paul Gaultier showed his couture collection in Paris on Wednesday morning. His glamorous designs were set to songs like “White Wedding” and “Back to Black,” the first clue that this wasn’t your average couture collection. Traditionally, the last look in a Haute Couture show is reserved for the bride, or, “la marieé.” Gaultier’s show, however, opened with a model emerging from a cloud of smoke in a sexy wedding dress. Why, Naomi Campbell dressed as a wedding bouquet of course.
It was a big deal when an almost unrecognizable Kendall Jenner hit the runway for Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week in February. The California girl turned punk for the collection Karl Largerfeld described as “Baroque meets Le Corbusier.” Hairstylist Sam McKnight built wind-swept faux hawks on each model, lending the formal clothes the house’s trademark stamp of irreverence.