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CHANEL SPRING 2016 COUTURE COLLECTION

Finales and sets are the talking point of a Chanel show, whether it is couture or ready to wear and this collection was no different.  “Fashion is part of the events of our times,” stated Lagerfeld who showed the first eco-friendly couture collection yesterday in the Grand Palais.


Wood chips were used as beading, paillettes, and 3-D frills among techniques involving recycled paper and organic woven yarn. The wedding look was made from wild cotton. “This is high-fashion ecology. It must not look like some sloppy demonstration!”, said Karl.

Longer and midi lengths ruled the show as well as sportswear-sculpted silhouettes and inflated sleeve proportions for the signature tweed ensembles however the novelty of the styling laid on the sporran-like hip belt-bags revealing a hands-free season.

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Versace Spring 2016 Couture Collection

Photo by Regis Colin

Photo by Regis Colin

Kicking off Paris Couture Fashion Week, Donatella Versace brought sporty vibes to Atelier Versace’s spring 2016 runway show. A collection dubbed "Athletic Couture" did not ditch the body-con silhouettes so commonly associated with the brand. Dresses with cut-out details and asymmetrical slashes showed plenty of skin while cropped vests, sweaters, bomber and suit jackets gave an athleisure take to couture. The show climaxed with a finale of gowns and tuxedos. An all-star cast including Irina Shayk, Lara Stone, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Gigi Hadid hit the catwalk with pure energy.

Photo by Regis Colin

Photo by Regis Colin

Photo by Delphine Achard/WWD

Photo by Delphine Achard/WWD

Photo by Delphine Achard/WWD

Photo by Delphine Achard/WWD

Photo by Delphine Achard/WWD

Photo by Delphine Achard/WWD

Photo by Delphine Achard/WWD

Photo by Delphine Achard/WWD

Photo by Regis Colin

Photo by Regis Colin

Photo by Regis Colin

Photo by Regis Colin

Photo by Regis Colin

Photo by Regis Colin

Photo by Regis Colin

Photo by Regis Colin

Photo by Sonny Vandevelde

Photo by Sonny Vandevelde

Photo by Sonny Vandevelde

Photo by Sonny Vandevelde

Photo by Sonny Vandevelde

Photo by Sonny Vandevelde

Photo by Sonny Vandevelde

Photo by Sonny Vandevelde

Photo by Sonny Vandevelde

Photo by Sonny Vandevelde

Photos via Vogue Magazine, Nowfashion and WWD

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Dior Spring 2016 Couture Collection

On Monday we saw the first Dior Couture collection since Raf Simmons departure, directed by Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier, heads of Dior's studio.

The duo relied greatly on the house codes but giving continuity of Simons work, reiterating that Dior belongs to a younger and modern world. The style noted by many as 'sensual and bare', focused on the off-the-shoulder look which could be seen from gowns to separates and minidresses.

Honouring the waist emphasised by fit-and-flare silhouettes, short sparkly dresses, and a few plain bell-shaped evening midis with asymmetric necklines fastened with bows in the back. 

The now iconic Simons “Bar” jacket, was reinterpreted with narrow sleeves, flounced cuffs and crystal embroideries, worn over a black pencil skirt with slit at one side and fanning out as the model walked was perhaps the most "couture" piece the collection featured.

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