From heat to haute, Paris brought the looks down the runway.
Temperatures may have soared across Europe, but it didn’t stop the City of Lights from bringing its own heat down the runways. Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week brought swoon-worthy lewks in early July, with celebrities stealing just as much of the spotlight as designers themselves. Ready? Let’s get catwalking.
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Valentino stole the scene at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week with monochromatic colors in choose-your-own-adventure patterns, from pale pink patchwork squares quilted into a ballgown to a royal purple dress with billowy ruffles and intricate cutouts. Close second? Givenchy combined feathers, capes, and volume, volume, volume against mint green, pastel pink, and midnight black. Models practically swam down the runway in voluminous fabrics that nearly put haute couture into the “one size fits all” category.
Dior kicked off their own catwalk with a head-to-toe white dress printed with the cheeky quote, “are clothes modern?”—made famous by writer Bernard Rudofsky, curator of the controversial 1944 exhibition of the same name at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Models then filed down the runway in a series of nearly all-black LBDs with lace cutouts, leather fringe, and mesh tights dotted with shimmery feathers.
Chanel stages a comeback
Avant-garde looks aside, Chanel returned to its roots with classic-suited tailoring in tweed and boucle fabrics with silhouettes harking back to the 50s. Think Mad Men-era pinched-waisted tops, flared midriffs, and hip-skimming skirts in classic black and white tones.
This was the first solo couture show for designer Virginie Viard, who took over after the legendary Karl Lagerfeld passed away last February. Once described by Lagerfeld as his “right arm and his left arm,” Viard’s look further cemented Chanel’s reputation as a rightful fashion powerhouse.
Memes in the making
Of course, Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week was all about the clothes, but that didn’t stop celebrities from stealing just a bit of the show. High-wattage attendees included Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Nick Jonas, and Priyanka Chopra, among others. Christina Aguilera wore a pale pink oversized tulle dress that read “F—k this I’m Going To Paris.” Celine Dion opted to go pants-free in just a leotard and blazer with bold-hued, graffiti-style designs. We hope Instagram has managed to recover.
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By: Jenny Muller
Jenny has been embracing beauty and fashion trends since her first visit to the Nordstrom makeup counter at age 12, after discovering the transformative power of a good lipstick. Since then, she’s turned that passion into a career, creating content and covering trends for Sephora, Marc Jacobs, Estee Lauder, Victoria’s Secret, and more. Her editorial expertise includes covering New York Fashion Week and the launch of Sephora’s makeup artist academy.