The most extra dresses at Haute Couture Fashion Week

See all the action from the Spring 2018 Haute Couture shows in Paris.

There is simply nothing like Paris Couture Week to witness gowns so dreamy that even the dress-averse would have a change of heart. Couture dresses are the pinnacle of the Paris art of savoir faire (translation: incredibly, unbelievably impossible feats of sewing to the rest of us), which normally translate into lots of tulle in impossible colours, delicate embroidery and many, many sequins.

True to form, the Autumn 2019/20 shows that are currently underway in Paris, have brought all of the drama. All eyes were of course on Clare Waight Keller’s show for Givenchy (as they always will be to be honest after that Meghan Markle wedding dress). Suffice to say, she hasn’t lost her magic touch. Cool elegance was the ordre du jour, with a collection themed around ‘noblesse radicale’, literally putting a radical spin on royal fashion.

There were the more classic pieces: houndstooth prints, high necks and lace in a monochrome palette, but it was the jazzier pieces that stole the show, namely the pink caped column dress, and the green marabou feather look as seen on Kaia Gerber. Only Clare could make us want to dress like a Christmas tree.

Over at Giorgio Armani Prive, the vibe was more soft pastels, ruffles, mixed in with some sharp tailoring. Next up, Chanel. Karl Lagerfeld didn’t shy away from grand statements, and Virginie Viard’s new collection was perhaps a little more modest than usual, but was a perfect tribute to both Karl and Coco thanks to its black and white tweed suits and fit ‘n’ flare silhouettes.

On the FROW, Céline Dion, Nicole Kidman and Zendaya have been weighing up the options for their next tour/speech/Oscar win* delete as appropriate.

What will Dior be bringing this season? Stay tuned…meanwhile, marvel at the razzle dazzle, beauty and drama of the best couture dresses so far in our gallery below…

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