Luxury materials, exquisite craftsmanship and sweeping dresses took centre stage at the Paris haute couture fashion shows as designer brands unveiled their autumn/winter collections.
Versace set the tone with belted cashmere coats worn over satin dresses as the Italian luxury label explored volume and drape.
Other dresses had cut-out features as well as plenty of pleats for the evening. Adding to the luxurious feel were crystals adorning evening coats and twisted satin drapes on gowns, fit for a celebrity red carpet.
Attending as a Chanel brand ambassador, Will Smith’s daughter Willow dazzled on the red carpet, wearing a zip-front tunic belted at the waist with oversize pockets from designer Karl Lagerfeld., who turned his catwalk into a designer’s workshop.
The production saw Chanel return to the values on which it was founded, drawing attention to the detail and skill that goes into each piece
Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016: Willow Smith, Bella Hadid, Kate Moss Attend Paris Show https://t.co/U5JJLd0ZPf— Willow Smith (@WillowSmithGo) 6 July 2016
Alexis Mabille brought his own fairytale touch as he unveiled his collection with the theme “Pastel Vibrations.”
The French designer, who stuck to sculptural shapes, countered with intricate surface effects, later explained that the idea of his collection was to be in the pure tradition of couture while modernising it with a cool attitude.
French designer Alexis Mabille as part of his Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2016, 2017 collection in Paris pic.twitter.com/CeNNwyn36k— Boateng Duka Kofi (@DukaKofi) 6 July 2016