The rich history of haute couture week in Paris spans decades and encompasses the biggest brands on the planet. With painstakingly hand-sewn gowns and one-of-a kind garments gracing the runway at every show the pageantry, luxury and exclusivity of fashion is never more prominent than in Paris.
This week, as expected, there were countless hyper avant-garde, art gallery worthy collections seen. Among these envelope pushers were the always innovative and imaginative Iris Van Herpen who's Hybrid Holism has many saying she is the creative heir to the Alexander McQueen wearable art thrown, and bad boy shock-jock of the runway Jean Paul Gaultier wowed the crowd with a Peter Doherty-inspired spread.
On the more glamorous side of the shows, many familiar names made a big showing, including Beirut born Elie Saab who's exquisitely opulent collection highlighted everything haute couture stands for.
Titled In Constantinople's Wake, Saab's collection was a soft sea of peacock blues, pale pinks, rich golds and a sprinkling of glittering blacks. Majestic, imperial, and utterly fitting for a fairytale royal court, the collection showcased the true artful craft of couture at the peak of skill; brocades appeared light and airy, while lace looked like it was drawn on the body with a renaissance painter's touch.
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