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PARIS HAUTE COUTURE WEEK KICKS OFF

Posted by Jo Wads on

The designers you love kicked off a week of shows on Monday for Paris Couture Fashion Week, and with new shows come new celebrity sightings. Emily Blunt kept it fabulous at Christian Dior, where Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri won the popularity contest with a front row that included Willow Smith, Olivia Palermo, Natalia Vodianova, Jhené Aiko, and Big Sean.

Christian Dior plunged spectators into a surrealist dream world as models dressed in black-and-white hypnotic patterns took to the runway under sculptures of body parts suspended from the ceiling. Dior showed off its almost completely monochrome outfits on a chequered catwalk. Models peered out from behind facemasks: some feline, others like mailboxes, all of them black.

Fashion label Schiaparelli's latest offering featured intricately embroidered pieces and patterns inspired by the Maasai people from southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. The label's design director, Bertrand Guyon, said he aimed to combine European and African elegance with the line.

Unusual fabrics, including shredded plastic bags, were interwoven with silk. A long pink silk dress featuring a heart-shaped top made a dreamlike impression on the catwalk.

Schiaparelli is one of the few houses that includes older models in its shows, an aspect adding a down-to-earth touch to an otherwise otherworldly presentation.

Other shows we’re excited about?  Giambattista Valli, Valentino, Armani Privé, and Chanel, obviously.


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