Tomorrow marks the end of Haute-Couture fashion week in Paris. The shows, as always, were fabulous, both in terms of the clothes, exclusive and beautifully showcased by the models, and the locations, equally beautiful and elaborate.

Versace

Although the brand is not part of the official line-up for the week of haute couture, Versace’s Sunday show has become something of a tradition. Beginning with spectacular ready-to-wear fringed leather and slits in shades of blue and purple, this was followed by low and asymmetrical necklines. Jennifer Lopez, sitting in the front row, dazzled in an all-white number by the designer.

Dior

From the gardens of the Rodin Museum on a catwalk surrounded by orchids, Raf Simons offered a fresh interpretation of the classic brand without sacrificing its signature look. Skirts with panniers, a la Marie Antoinette, mini skirts and delicate seams alternated with floor-length overcoats and exquisitely embroidered court jackets. Drop-dead gorgeous. I want it all now!

Giambattista Valli

The elegance of the 60s was the starting point for Giambattista Valli’s collection. Cotton shirts and floral prints were the perfect match, along with tulle skirts in pastel shades. A high point was the scarves, tied delicately over the models’ heads

Chanel 

Karl Lagerfeld brought the Baroque to the catwalk at the Grand Palais. Dresses and skirts were trapezoid shaped, fanning out at the hips, and highly embroidered, as befits the baroque style. A highlight was the bride who closed the show, Karl’s friend Ashley Good, heavily pregnant.

Elie Saab

The master of the red carpet has scored home run yet again, featuring embroidery and beads for wedding dresses and clean classic ball gowns. Furs thrown around the neck are the ultimate accessory for winter days. The set, with its profusion of crystal chandeliers, was a show in itself.

Valentino

Red, the designer’s trademark color, continued to dominate on the long dresses, this time accompanied by lashings of leather. A highlight was the gladiator sandals, combined with super luxurious feather boas. Decorativism featured heavily, as ever. Kim Kardashian delighted photographers, sitting in row A with a plunging neckline.


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