Paris Haute Couture Week Diary: Part 1

Backstage at Dior Haute Couture. Photo: Courtesy of Dior.

Last week we flew over to The City of Light to cover the dazzling haute couture autumn/winter 2019 collections. Scroll down to see the report on our favourite shows and top haute joaillerie previews. 

Acne Studios

A look from Acne Studios' spring/summer 2020 collection. Photo: Courtesy of Acne Studios.

At Acne Studios‘ spring/summer 2020 ready-to-wear show, the Stockholm-based brand’s co-founder and creative director, Jonny Johansson, focused on deconstructed silhouettes, high-shine fabrics and tailored ensembles with a modern twist. (We’re so going to rock these to work next season.) The accessories were also a hit. They included fashionable flip-flops (yes, that’s right), cowboy boots and bags in unusual shapes.


A look from the Schiaparelli haute couture show. Photo: Courtesy of Schiaparelli.

Want to make an unforgettable entrance? Well, we’re all for it! All you need is one of Schiaparelli‘s dramatic couture ensembles from Daniel Roseberry’s debut collection. We were super impressed with each and every one of the statement looks worn on the catwalk. Something else that tickled our fancy? The equally bold hair and makeup styles which consisted of glitter lips, coloured hairdos and fab nail jewellery.


A look from the Dior haute couture show. Photo: Courtesy of Dior.

Maria Grazia Chiuri’s fantastic couture show for Dior was one of our highlights. The designer surprised audiences with a mostly all-black collection at the house’s headquarters on 30 Avenue Montaigne. Models strutted their stuff in cocktail and floor-length dresses inspired by effortless French elegance and Ancient Greece. A lot of the looks were paired with gladiator sandals – both ankle and knee-high versions – and the sexiest pair of black pumps that we’ve ever seen. The set decor was dreamed up by feminist artist Penny Slinger.

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli haute couture presentation. Photo: Courtesy of Giambattista Valli.

Instead of hosting a fashion show this season, Giambattista Valli chose to showcase his stunning dresses as an exhibition. Looking at his first-class creations up-close made us even more excited for the official drop of Valli’s upcoming collab with high-street giant, H&M, in November. Although we loved it all, our favourite look had to be a white shirt dress featuring a chic bow belt and the designer’s signature exaggerated ruffles. 


Tasaki's Elysium bracelet features 18K white gold, diamonds, blue topaz, coloured sapphires and grossularite garnet. Photo: Courtesy of Tasaki.

Hot on our radar is luxury jewellery brand, Tasaki. In 2017, the label appointed New York-based designer, Prabal Gurung, as its creative director. During the week, the maison presented its latest collection – named Tasaki Atelier 2019 – as well as eight exclusive high jewellery pieces to mark the opening of its first flagship store in Europe, located on London’s Bond Street. Frankly speaking, we loved everything (and by that, we mean literally, everything) from Tasaki’s ocean-themed line. Topping our wishlist is the super fabulous Elysium bracelet. #welove.

Christian Louboutin

The Loubhoutan Express at Christian Louboutin. Photo: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin.

Christian Louboutin debuted his whimsical women’s spring/summer 2020 collection at a spacious venue on the grounds of the Garde Republicaine. The site was completely transformed into a make-believe train station (pretending to transport guests from Paris to Bhutan) dubbed the ‘LouBhoutan Express’. Next spring, watch out for Louboutin’s eye-catching Choc PVC Reflex mules and Checky Point flats. Gotta love the names!

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