Wow, what a great couple of days! I don’t know about you guys but my eyes have been glued to my computer screen trying to get a glimpse of the latest looks from SS 2016 Couture in Paris! I love couture clothing because it’s so extravagant, every tiny detail has been thought about so thoroughly and while it’s often a little impractical, I’d definitely still wear it! So I thought I'd do a round-up of my favourite shows from the past few days - just in case your eyes weren't glued to your computer screens!
One of my favourite shows was Gambattista Valli's collection and it really was something special, having been described as ‘a minnow in the couture pond’ he definitely surprised a few faces this week with his amazing designs on the catwalk. His floral inspired garments were said to be influenced by the gardens of Paris and whether they were embroidered in sequins, printed onto gathered chiffon or rendered on a mink fur coat they looks so elegant and I've completely fallen in love with this girly, delicate collection! My favourite look was this beautiful grey chiffon dress, the design is so bold and eye-catching but the chiffon makes it look surprisingly elegant. These beautiful and possibly a little 'over-the-top' designs is exactly what Couture Fashion Week is all about and I just can't get enough of it!
Chanel also didn't disappoint this year, but when do they?! Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into an ‘energy efficient zone’ where he built a wooden house in the middle of a very immaculate lawn. Kendall Jenner kick started the show in a beautiful low cut black gown with embellished straps, following her was her best friend Gigi Hadid and Gigi’s little sister Bella. The collection consisted of a lot of beige which is said to be because ‘Gabrielle Chanel was the queen of beige’ and also not so surprisingly followed a very spring-like theme including some subtle florals, birds and bees. The finishing touches of these looks included crystal dragonflies, bees and bugs on brooches and a newly designed bum bag called a ‘smartphone pouch’. In keeping with the 'eco' theme, the extravagant designer has also promised that his huge wooden dolls house will be recycled after the show.
To watch the finale of the Chanel show please click here
Lastly, I wanted to come to Valentino's show... Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli's 66 piece collection was really something to marvel at! There was said to be an oriental feel during the Valentino show including kimono style coats with prominent gold thread. Golden snake head pieces and extravagant foot jewellery make for some very unique jewellery- what's more couture than that?!the goldenThe whole collection feels very rich and luxurious and I guess, exactly what we're thinking of when we think couture! Full of rich golds, deep reds and luxury velvets, it really was a modern day take on some very traditional styles.
If you'd like to see all the looks from the SS16 Couture Shows please click here.