Nothing wakes you out of winter despair quite like Paris Couture Week. Haute couture showcases creative materials and here designers push the boundaries, making the runway looks impress, as weel as the runway themselves, the fanciful sets adding an immersive quality to the shows.
For a fleeting moment, you can let yourself be carried away to a world of breathtaking beauty, where red-carpet gowns float down the runway on the shoulders of your favorite models, under the glittering light of paparazzi flash bulbs.
Fashion history is yet again in the making, thanks to the houses of Schiaparelli, Dior and Chanel, while younger designers, like Elie Saab and Stephane Rolland, wowed us with an abundance of potential Oscar dresses—ready to be scooped up and shipped to Los Angeles for the most important red carpet night of the year.
See below the dream-inducing creations of Armani, Chanel, Valentino and more at the 2016 Paris Couture shows.
Armani. Iggy Azalea and French actresses Charlotte Rampling, Juliette Binoche andIsabelle Huppert sat front-row at Armani Privé to delight in the lilac fantasy world presented for the Spring/Summer 2016 Haute-Couture collection.
Chanel. For past shows, Karl Lagerfeld has created a Chanel-branded supermarket, airport, and café. He now adds Zen garden to his repertoire.
Jean Paul Gaultier. Always a showman, the designer turned his runway into a replica of the famous Paris nightclub Le Palace with a neon marquee and disco balls. Models were dressed as carefree clubgoers, wearing silk robes and sipping Champagne down the runway.
Valentino. Models strutted down the catwalk barefoot, showcasing a collection with heavy Byzantine and Japanese influences, designed to promote the body, movement and beauty. Column dresses, kimono-style coats and overlapping tunics were decorated with animal patterns, embroidery and encrusted jewels.
Zuhair Murad. Architectural corsets, or “gilded cages” as the designer called them, took center stage at Zuhair Murad.
From an infamous Paris nightclub to inspiration from India, these sets were the best of the season. These were the sets and garments that stood out to us at this year’s Couture Week. The best Spring 2016 collections didn’t disappoint.