It’s a fashion feast of the most beautiful, exquisite dresses on the planet, and it happens twice a year. Yep, we’re referring to the couture shows in Paris, which are currently captivating fashion’s glitterati, and their Instagram accounts.
So far, we’ve spotted some of our favourite A-list ladies sitting FROW-side, including Jessica Alba and Olivia Palermo at Giambattista Valli and Emily Blunt, Lupita Nyong’o and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at Dior. Chanel brought us its very own casino, attended by Julianne Moore, Rita Ora, Lily Rose Depp, Vanessa Paradis, Kristen Stewart, Lara Stone and Kendall Jenner, to name but a few, and no doubt the likes of Maison Margiela (designed by John Galliano), Fendi, Elie Saab and Valentino will draw even more famous faces over the next couple of days.
But back to Giambattista Valli, who never fails to leave us breathless with his suitably dramatic dresses. Remember those brightly coloured, gigantic tulle skirts teamed with crisp shirts from the AW14 couture show? Yep, that was Giambattista Valli, and we’ve come to expect great things.
We weren’t disappointed. As models criss-crossed their way across the catwalk space, what unfolded was a parade of feathers, iridescent fringing, huge tulle ballgown skirts, glittering tunics over matching flared trousers, flowers galore and huge, oversized beaded earrings. As Jessica Alba and Olivia Palermo watched on, this all gave way to a frothy finale of gargantuan gowns, gliding down the runway in all their organza glory, some in bridal-worthy white, while there was a characteristic injection of vivid colour in the fluoro orange skirt.
If that wasn’t quite enough for you, the A-listers flocked to see Raf Simons’ latest couture collection for the house of Dior, heading to a vast structure which the designer referred to as ‘part church, part garden and part Ibiza nightclub.’ As usual, we were swept up in the Dior fairytale, thanks to romantic dresses and a hint of old-school glamour. Once again, Raf played with the classic 50’s silhouette, mixing textures and creating new proportions with sleeve lengths and different cuts.
A real talking point of this couture show had to be the coats. Oversized and clutched to models’ chests, we immediately wanted them all for our own (decidedly less glamorous) wardrobes. As we absorbed the sparkling embellishment, layers of chainmail and the pristine, pure white gowns, it was clear that this is one fairytale that’s always guaranteed to have a happy ending. And we bet the A-list would agree with us.