Haute Couture Fashion Week was just the escapism we needed

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  • There’s no doubt about it. With January unfortunately being the month of staying at home orders and loungewear, we are all in dire need of a little bit of escapism.

    Which is why Haute Couture Week, with its frothy, frilly and generally extravagant gowns, came at just the right time. Like last season, shows were digital only, but that didn’t stop them from being as magical as ever.

    Design houses such as Schiaparelli, Dior, Chanel, Fendi and Valentino stepped up to the challenge, telling stories through intricate designs.

    Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior took on the mystical, with a show inspired by Tarot cards (Monsieur Dior himself was a fan). Characters such as the High Priestess, the Empress, Justice, and the Fool were given a high fashion makeover thanks to gold brocade, velvet and gowns sprinkled with stars.

    Over at Chanel, Virgini Viard recreated an intimate spring family wedding, with models walking through the Grand Palais under floral arches. The joyful theme carried into the collection, with lace dresses appliquéd with delicate daisies, flounced crêpe georgette dresses and ruffled petticoats – all an ode to dance and the freedom of summer fêtes

    Over at Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli merged the traditional with the modern, playing with textures, colours and forms. There were sequin bandeau tops paired with voluminous skirts, shimmering catsuits, pearl cagoules and thigh-high metallic platform boots in a riot of colours.

    Over at Schiaparelli, Daniel Rose Berry turned couture on its head, ‘by making clothes that respect the tradition of not only this Maison, but the artistry behind it, while at the same time exploding the cliches associated with the genre’.

    He shone the spotlight on items that wouldn’t normally be spotted in couture: a leather corset complete with carved-in abs, bomber jackets, trousers and hoodies, all elevated thanks to gorgeous embellishments and luxe textures.

    Elsewhere, for his debut Fendi collection, Kim Jones drew inspiration from the renegade British sen­sibility of the Bloomsbury Group while paying homage to the storied history of the Roman maison. Famous faces walked the show, including Demi Moore, Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and Adwoa Aboah.

    Keep scrolling for some of the best couture looks.

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