Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week AW16

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Our Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week AW16 highlights from our clients, favourite looks and the amazing details seen this week.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week AW16

Following the men's fashion weeks feminine decadence took the fore for Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week AW16. All eyes were fervently focused on the big fashion houses.

Haute couture uses the most exquisite materials and allows an untethered mix of craftsmanship and creativity. Here's our highlights of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week AW16.

Dior

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This is the second Dior couture fashion collection from Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux since the departure of Raf Simons last year. Suspense has been built with no successor officially named.

All the hubbub, however, was forgotten as soon as the fashion show began. The line saw simplicity and wearability balanced perfectly with luxury.

The monochrome pieces let the details do the talking in the intimate atelier setting. The locale reflected the artistry and expertise that go into such a collection.

Loose lines, pleating, bulbous sleeves, tailoring and wafting fabrics mixed masculinity and femininity. Whilst, the likes of ballerina skirts reflected the heritage of the brand.

Dior couture surprised in its subtlety with piece after highly coveted piece. Watch highlights from the show below.

Chanel

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In a similar tone, the Chanel couture fashion show transformed the Grand Palais into an atelier. The background replaced the usual famed Chanel muses with their actual skilled workers.

They toiled away throughout the event giving a glimpse into the hours that are dedicated to each garment. A beautiful deconstruction that cherished the process.

The fashion show then began with a focus on their iconic suits in wide-legged cropped trousers and collarless jackets. Tweed was out in abundance.

The couture collection then developed into hard-line shoulders, feather manes and asymmetrical peplum skirts and dresses. The elongated backs allowed for an extension of the fabric and added details on the underside.

This evolution, along with the characteristic meticulous beading and embroidery, culminated in a pink wedding outfit. The trouser suit's jacket lengthened into a train. Whereas, the shoulders and arms were outlined with plumage.

Watch the full Chanel couture fashion show AW16 below.

Valentino

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At the tail-end of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week there was Valentino with their latest re-imagining of the past. This time they offered all the drama of the Jacobean era.

A masculine ruffle necks, riding boots and suit with the tell-tale exposed elbows opened the fashion show. Tulip dresses, capes and waistcoats followed in a monochromatic masterpiece.

Then came the gowns which swapped between sheer flowing femininity and modest tragedy. This all built to a red wedding finish.

The commitment to the age showcased what Valentino do so well. The opulence of the fabrics alongside the constraint the period.

Watch the full Valentino couture fashion show AW16.

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