All the key moments from Couture Fashion Week SS22

Couture dresses are the perfect escapism, which is why I always look forward to Haute Couture Week, taking place this week in Paris, which always delivers the most extravagantly dreamy dresses.

The SS22 shows have not disappointed so far, with Chanel's Virginie Viard opening with royal Charlotte Casiraghi riding on horseback, decked in sequinned black tweed - and Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri collaborating with Indian artist couple Madhvi and Manu Parekh, the Chanakya Atelier and the Chanakya School of Craft for a spellbinding collection.

Here are all the best moments from Haute Couture Fashion Week.

Chanel SS22

How do you open your show with a bang? By sending a royal on a horse down the runway of course. Viard explained, 'The idea for the show's décor came from a longstanding desire to work with Xavier Veilhan. His references to constructivism remind me of those of Karl Lagerfeld. I like this similarity of spirit between us, now and across time. In addition to creating the show décor with its references to the avant-gardes of the 1920s and 1930s, Xavier wanted to work with Charlotte Casiraghi. His artistic universe is full of horses and Charlotte is a skilled rider.'

The collection itself was a nod to many of the house's signature styles, from iridescent tweed jackets to colourful lace, jewelled buttons to two-tone Mary Janes.

All of the House of CHANEL's embroidery partners collaborated on this collection, 'one of whose key pieces is a dress entirely embroidered by Lesage with constructivist camellias in black, white and coral beads, worn with a little black jacket', Virginie Viard points out before concluding: 'These references also belong to Gabrielle Chanel, of course. It's like a conversation that crosses time.'

As is tradition, the show was closed by a bride, this time carrying a black bouquet in honour of French actor and Chanel muse Gaspard Ulliel, who sadly passed away after a skiing accident last week.

Dior SS22

Dior once again celebrated the craftsmanship of its atelier with an intricately embroidered and embellished collection. Architecture met art in the structured dresses and separates, with standout pieces including bejewelled tights, feather-trimmed gowns, embroidered bodies and draped silhouettes.

Maria Grazia Chiuri also collaborated with the Indian artist couple Madhvi and Manu Parekh, the Chanakya Atelier and the Chanakya School of Craft.

Zuhair Murad SS22

Zuhair Murad transports us for SS22 to a universe of mysterious hidden islands and revives the grandeur of the age of navigating the high seas. Imagine ornate jewels, silver embroidery, gold chains and pearls aplenty.

Viktor&Rolf SS22

Fashion artists Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren took inspiration from old Hollywood Dracula movies for a dramatic colleciton featuring elongated silhouettes in dark romantic hues.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.