Paris Couture Fashion Week is where the magic happens. Unlike the fashion months which take place twice yearly, haute couture is an opportunity for designers to bring their wildest dreams into fruition as they deliver collections designed to bewilder.
And this season, we were not left disappointed. From Dior's globetrotting wardrobe to Rodarte's ethereal collection, Grazia takes a look at the dreamiest dresses Paris had the pleasure of showcasing...
Pierpaolo Piccioli described his couture collection for Valentino as, 'a reflection about the sacred'. Drawing on the work of 17th-century painter Francisco de Zurbarán, the designer sent models down the runway in a multitude of hues. There were salmon pinks merged with raspberry reds and collars seemingly inspired by Church attire.
Piccioli sought inspiration from the work of 17th century painter Francisco de Zurbarán
Our stand-out piece? Perhaps in reaction to the revealing sartorial choices of the Insta-famous (we're referencing the Hadid sisters, Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski here), covering up has never been cooler. A millennial pink column dress stole the show for us, proving sometimes less is most certainly more.
There was one dress that divided spectators. Karl Lagerfeld is renowned for finishing the Chanel couture show with a bridal ensemble. And he certainly sparked debate after sending 19-year-old French model, Camille Hurel, down the runway in a trapeze dress.
We will not let anyone but Lagerfeld design our wedding gown henceforth
Here at Grazia, we have to admit that we fell completely and utterly in love with Chanel's take on minimalism. Who couldn't be besotted by the cloud-like tulle shoulders and sweet ivory bow? It was as though it was destined to be pinned to wedding boards far and wide. And the punky boots? We're all for Lagerfeld's juxtaposition of traditional-meets-modern. But it turns out, not everyone wants to marry in Chanel...
No debate can be made here. The Mulleavy sisters well and truly delivered an ethereal collection that we couldn't even conjure up in our wildest dreams. Inspired by the cinematic masterpiece that is, 3 Women by Robert Altman, the design duo played with a '70's-inspired colour palette and consequently reimagined the definition of Parisian romance.
The Mulleavy sisters sought inspiration from cult film, '3 Women'
Models dragged larger-than-life Baby's-Breath behind them, as they walked the catwalk decked in saccharine frills, sorbet hues and low-slung leather trousers. Nobody would ever turn down the chance to be a Rodarte girl.
The Mulleavy sisters sent models down the catwalk in saccharine frills and sorbet hues
We were especially bowled over by this sheer sorbet look. Introduce Baby's-Breath blossoms, supersized earrings and a lace Victoriana-inspired collar - it's a sure-fire winner.
Marie Chiuri Grazia wants to dress the everyday woman (well, one who can of course afford couture).
Sourcing inspiration from the Dior archives, the designer discovered that within just one year of launching the French label, Christian Dior was dressing women on a global scale.
Dior just brought a whole new meaning to the Gap Year
And Chiuri paid tribute to the man himself, introducing a capsule collection for the woman-on-the-move. Models marched past wooden animal figurines decked in everything from '50s-inspired skirts to leather all-in-ones, as though ready to take flight.
Our favourite? The above dove-grey dress is simply finished with a sleek snakeskin belt. The model needs nothing but a pair of leather hands to complete the look. If only we could look that chic on the go...
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