Haute Couture AW14 Highlights

We share the Paris Fashion Week 2014 trends with our top highlights of this year’s Haute Couture AW14. There are amazing garments, pushing boundaries and intricate attention to detail.

Paris Fashion Week 2014 Trends

Haute Couture allows the major fashion houses to create the most dazzling garments where expense is of little concern. A highlight of every year, Paris Fashion Week 2014 was no different.
 
Haute Couture is a burgeoning part of the fashion industry, according to The Guardian. Whilst the growth of social media has made it both more accessible and influential.
 
We, for some, couldn’t wait to see the latest lines. Here are our top Paris Fashion Week 2014 trends and highlights.

Dior

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Raf Simons is known for his conscientious approach to building on history. He modernises cut, colour and texture with the weight of Dior’s yesteryear in mind. This was eloquently done in his re-invention of the classic Dior skirt of SS13.
 
“This collection is very historically inspired,” Simons told WWD in a preview backstage. “It felt like a challenge to look further back in history and see how I could modernize certain aesthetics. That is my constant drive, to make it younger and make it relevant to women in their lives today. Always, to be modern.”
 
The gravity-defying ballet-length ball gowns, light-weight military space traveller jumpsuits and floor-length winter coats, take the past and hit fast forward. Such an array of ideas prove that maximalism is the new minimalism and it's here to stay.

Elie Saab

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The Elie Saab Couture AW14 collection was meant to be seen by romantic moonlight rather than daylight. There was nary a daywear design in sight and no one was complaining.
 
The opulent ombré gowns, pearl detailing and romantic tones showed Elie Saab's flare for eveningwear. Whether it's on the red carpet, at a wedding or a cocktail bar these garments were meant to be showcased and we're sure they will be.

Chanel

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Again, the weight of the past and draw of the future were firmly felt in this Haute Couture AW14 collection.
 
There were juxtapositions aplenty, between Baroque and Le Corbusier, ribboned flat flip-flops and punk quiffs alongside the ample use of tweed and of bike shorts.
 
The most talked about, however, was the show's culmination with a stunning pregnant bride. New Zealand model Ashleigh Good closed the show with her six month pregnancy bump, to the shock and delight of onlookers.
 
After the supermarket sweep setting of Chanel's ready-to-wear collection, their latest show took a deliberate step towards the understated in setting. This allowed the line to shine with a maverick twist on tradition.
 
The Paris Fashion Week 2014 trends showed a blurring of lines, between past, present and future. Moreover, daywear and eveningwear, gaudy and regal. Either way, maximalism is on the menu and romantic progression is in the air.
 
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