The highly anticipated Haute Couture Week in Paris has finally arrived! Twice per year in Paris, as part of the run up to Fashion Week, notorious design houses display their finest creations to date. Entirely divorced from their ready to wear lines, these haute couture designs are pieces of art in and of themselves. Highly detailed and precisely constructed, Haute Couture literally means High Sewing which can be translated more accurately into exceptional artistry within the fashion industry. The garments featured in Haute Couture week are often hand made in prestigious Paris Ateliers, attracting industry experts from all over the world over to view the exclusive presentations.

Short and sweet, Couture Week spans over just four days whipping up the most fantastical and frivolous fashion around. Straight from the runways, we’ve rounded up a couple of our favorites.

Alexandre Vauthier

One of our favorites from this season was the stunning display by French designer Alexandre Vauthier. Vauthier, who has worked under Thierry Mugler Couture as well as Jean Paul Gaultier, presented his debut collection under his own name in 2009 and has since gone from strength to strength. Known for his signature colors of red, black and gold, this season Vauthier refreshed the palette displaying just a nod to his beloved palette by keeping the red pieces striking but sparse and switching rich gold for futuristic silver. The collection consisted of dresses and separates, with a street feel to Haute Couture. Casual denim hot pants were styled with elaborate eveningwear tops with never ending trains, as well as armor style, asymmetric body con mini dresses. A definite 80’s feel, Vauthier opted for a sassier ambience, which is less pretty and delicate than couture normally is. Different and refreshing, the collection even included some fluffy unfurling sweaters. Whilst the lighting and props were kept minimalist, the model lineup certainly wasn’t with some of the most famous faces in the industry, walking the lengths. Our favorite IT girls, Bella and Kendall, both walked for Vauthier this year.

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Viktor and Rolf

Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are the dynamic duo behind the brand Viktor and Rolf. This season the pair presented part two of their previous Couture collection. Their love for all things vintage and precious fabrics, once again shines through in this collection, breathing new life into history rich ideas and fabrics. Viktor and Rolf were inspired by the art of Kintsugi, a type of pottery that makes beauty synonymous with imperfection, resulting in a collection of bold, patchwork style dresses. Volume in the form of billowing ball gowns and oversized layered ruffs played a large role in the collection. Opposed to hiding the flaws and joining lines of upcycling, the collection intends rather to expose them, instead drawing attention to the beauty that lies within them. Light pastels that graduate into one another as well as bold primary colors are the main palette this season. Unlike Vauthier, Viktor and Rolf chose a less severe type of lighting, creating a softer ambiance all around.

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Photographs courtesy of Krystal Kenney Photography