All the couture highlights from the week long shows in Paris...
11 July 2014
The master of theatrical fashion. History and glamour were combined effortlessly by Karl Lagerfield at his Chanel Haute Couture Show. Regal designs with a hint of Marie Antoinette glided down the catwalk in the Grand Palais, teamed with modern flat sandals with ribbon ties.
We saw pantaloons, caps and quiffs covered in sequins and crystals, A-line skirts and dresses in stunning greys, gold and blacks, as well as clever satchel bags that mimicked the 1980s trend. An elegant yet fun collection.
Haute Couture can be dated back as far as the 1700s and refers to the exclusive design and creation of custom fitted clothing. Each item is made intricately by hand, using unusual fabrics and specialised techniques. Designers jet in their best clients and celebrities line up in droves to see the collections, with designs selling at an average of £10,000. Click through to see more of the designers who dazzled at the 2014 shows.
The Christian Dior couture show was an extravaganza of heavenly dresses fit for a queen! Blooming full skirts commanded the catwalk in beautiful blues, taupe and ivory all delicately detailed with floral prints and embroidery. We're in love.
Valentino opted for minimalist over extravagance. Tunic maxis, sheer dresses, floral patterns and gladiator style sandals swept down the runway, along with stunning floor-length red and nude gowns. Simple yet striking.
Jaw-dropping floor sweeping gowns came one after the other at the Elie Saab haute couture show. Stunning designs on chiffon and delicate organza with high necklines, slim waists and full puffy skirts dominated, many dip dyed from dark at the hem and fading up to lighter rose and bronze at the top. A collection that didn't disappoint.
Italian designer Giambattista Valli managed to inject some colour into the haute couture Paris fashion shows with his full-skirted gowns embellished with floral lace in eye-popping designs.
Armani took a big risk on the Paris catwalks, moving away from the style and colours we're used to seeing and going for big, bold and red! And it worked amazingly. Evening dresses wowed spectators with ruffled tulle matched with stunning head pieces designed by Philip Treacy.