Three shows in the spotlight this haute couture week

With menswear month wrapped up as of Sunday, June 24, the fashion world is gearing up for another round of haute couture shows

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From July 1-5, some of the most prestigious fashion houses will present their latest couture collections in the French capital, showcasing their meticulous expertise and creativity with custom creations.

While all the shows will be keenly watched by the fashion world, three shows, in particular, will be in the spotlight at this season's Paris haute couture week.


Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy


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The British fashion designer, Clare Waight Keller -- who designed Meghan Markle's wedding dress for the recent royal wedding -- is set to make an impression with a collection filled with creativity and emotion at the Givenchy haute couture show, July 1 at 8pm.

The brand's creative director will pay homage to the fashion house's founder, Hubert de Givenchy -- who died in March -- with a collection notably inspired by his technique, talent and iconic designs. The show is titled "Caraman" after the 19th-century townhouse where the legendary designer installed his ateliers in 1959 and will be held in the center of Paris.




Julie de Libran for Sonia Rykiel


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Another of the week's unmissable shows comes from Sonia Rykiel. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the ready-to-wear label, founded in 1968, is cooking up a show that could prove particularly grandiose. Called "L'Atelier," this collection -- which will be shown outside of the official haute couture schedule -- is also expected to pay homage to the skill and iconic designs of the brand and its founder, and notably to its knitwear, which is synonymous with the Sonia Rykiel name.

The show will be held on the opening day of Paris couture week, July 1, at the city's École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts fine art school.


Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel


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There may not be any stunts, anniversaries or special surprises in store -- as far as we know -- but Chanel's shows are always events in themselves. From the guests and the models to the theme, everything is meticulously mastered to make the brand's shows especially memorable moments. In particular, the impressive sets and staging inspire awe and admiration from the fashion world each season.

While many fashion houses keep things fresh by picking surprising or historical locations, Karl Lagerfeld often stays faithful to the French capital's Grand Palais, transforming the space into a different, but no less spectacular, setting every time. After a formal garden, a replica Eiffel Tower and the Chanel ateliers, what could the German designer have in store this time? Find out on July 3.