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With over four days of glitz, glamour and more than a few feathers, Paris Haute Couture fashion week for Fall/Winter 2018 has given us a worthy display of fashion’s finest creative minds.

Featuring collections by Fendi, Dior and Givenchy just to name a few, 2018 lured in the famous, rich and fashionable, meaning we got to see some juicy designer street-style off the catwalk, as well as on it.

Whilst not all of us can afford to kit ourselves out in head-to-toe haute couture Chanel, it’s a spectacle, if nothing else. Plus, with the fashion elite of the world watching, you know it’s never going to be a dull affair.

Here’s your round-up of everything you need to know from Paris Haute Couture fashion week 2018.


A stunning tribute to Givenchy with a Moon River soundtrack

Day one got a little emotional over at Givenchy, as they presented a 42-look collection dedicated to Hubert de Givenchy, who passed away in March this year.

Behind the classic sharply-tailoring and nipped-in waist dresses is artistic director, Clare Waight Keller, whose name you might remember from a certain recent royal wedding – a certain dress for a certain someone called Meghan Markle .

The models floated down a shimmering reflective runway to the soundtrack of Moon River, paying homage to Audrey Hepburn (the original Givenchy muse) and featured an updated hooded version of the classic little black dress that Audrey wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.


Sequins forever

L-R: Chanel, Azzaro, Givenchy

Shield your eyes; things are about to get a little bit blinding. There are sequins, and then there are SEQUINS and wow, did Paris haute couture week step it up.

Givenchy led the way with its dazzling array of chicer-than-chic sparkle and feather creations. Keeping to an icy palette, skirts, dresses and even suit jackets in silvers, blues, purples and dark greens glided down the catwalk, with silver metallic belts and necklaces adding a consistent shimmer.

Elie Saab also brought the sparkle with their elaborately detailed dresses whilst Azzaro and Zuhair Murad also wowed in intricately assembled pieces that shimmered with every step. Naturally, Chanel also brought their A-game with head-to-toe sparkle, looking as sophisticated as ever.


Kaia Gerber stuns with big hair and feathers at Valentino


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The organza ‘flamingo’ feather dress from Valentino left us all a little bit speechless. The way it moves, the elegance, the sumptuous but delicateness – it’s a work of art.

But Valentino weren’t the only ones showcasing a feathered form, with Fendi also weaving the detail into skirts, jackets and, even shoulders, adding statement and drama. We also saw the same feathered-hem detailing at Givenchy, who showcased full feathered capes, and at Christian Dior, who followed suit with billowing feathered skirts in tonal nudes.

L-R: Fendi, Christian Dior


Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel bride


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Karl Lagerfeld recreated a familiar Parisian pavement by the River Seine, inside the Grand Palais, for his fall couture collection. Magazine and newspaper stalls, filled with copies of Vogue, lined the catwalk, whilst benches and streetlamps added to the promenade scene to create the classically French backdrop to his masterpieces.

The collection was filled with tight, yet flowing silhouettes in tulle, with blacks, silvers and blues and classic greys dominating. The show however, was stolen by Adut Akech, who made history as Chanel’s second ever black bride, striding down the catwalk in a pistachio skirt suit.


Getting regal

Zuhair Murad

Things took a regal turn at Zuhair Murad with dramatic skirts, intricate beading and sequin detailing and teeny tiny waists. Heavy fabrics draped in gold embroidery gave us that ‘fit for a royal’ feel whilst slits at the leg teamed with low necklines provided an overwhelmingly romantic look.

Elie Saab also got the regal memo, taking high glamour to even higher heights with huge dresses and tall headpieces just to even things out. Taking inspiration from Barcelona and Gaudi, the detailing almost swallowed up the models as they barely fitted through the narrow aisle. More golds, neutrals and reds made it all very queen-like and we’re not complaining.

Elie Saab

Guo Pei also put her own gothic spin on royalty, with structured jet black dresses and jagged crowns.


The weird and the wonderful

L-R: Viktor & Rolf, Maison Margiela, Guo Pei

Of course, with haute couture, you’re always going to get some looks that are a little bit nuts.

Some designers who were interested in pushing boundaries included Viktor & Rolf, who seemed to take inspiration from an astronaut’s sleepover, and Maison Margiela, who took getting ‘wrapped up’ to a whole new level.

Guo Pei also displayed a show-stopping collection of gowns, which were an easy continuation of this year’s Met Gala theme – ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’, with hard dramatic lines and gothic architectural influences. Moody and heavy, we’re going to go ahead and say they’re probably not pieces you’d wear for a casual night out on the town.

The cool crowd

And we couldn’t end without taking a small look (aka Instagram stalk) of some of the best-dressed celebrity guests.

Photos: Showbit