Chanel staged a ravishing couture show in the Grand Palais on Tuesday morning, the giant space reimagined as the banks of the Seine, with bouquinistes' stands, lampposts and a backdrop of the Institut de France.
There is life outside of Paris even for haute couture. Traditionally the métier was confined to the French capital, with just one acknowledged sub-division called Alta Moda in Rome, and latterly Milan.
It’s official; the feminist revolution is finished at Christian Dior. After several politically slanted shows at Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri, this was a clear statement of classical couture, even rather too much so.
There is a certain moment when fashion passes beyond the point of merely being clothes and becomes a proper artistic statement, a trajectory that was achieved Monday morning on the banks of the Seine by Nourredine Amir.
No fashion house is as indelibly linked to a Hollywood legend as Givenchy is to Audrey Hepburn, the leitmotif of a refined collection presented Sunday night in Paris by the marque’s creative director Clare Waight Keller.
It was ironic that Demna Gvasalia, a Georgian refugee, should stage his latest show right at the moment when Russia, the country that invaded his native region on the Black Sea, were fighting to victory in the World Cup.
The free-spirited phantoms of the 1960s wafted through a Paris courtyard on Sunday. Velvet Underground on the sound-track, singing Sunday Morning, as the house of Sonia Rykiel presented its debut L’Atelier collection.
Racy retro glamour with a twist and a blast of movie star wattage at Miu Miu whose 2019 cruise collection kicked off the Paris haute couture season, notwithstanding the fact it did not contain any couture.
The Belgian brand designed by An and Filip Vandevorst is temporarily taking leave from Haute Couture Week and, for organisational reasons, will show its upcoming collection at Paris Fashion Week in September.
Pierre Bergé, the partner of Yves Saint Laurent who passed away last fall, must be turning in his grave. After Yves retired, he spent a decade predicting haute couture's demise. Instead it has rarely looked healthier.