Last week in Paris, the famous fashion houses hosted a dreamy display of couture collections. Exquisitely engineered and carefully crafted designs walked triumphantly down the runways showcasing the most desirable pieces for the FROW fashionistas.

Prepare to immerse yourself into a world of luxe as we round up the top five shows from the couture collections…

Giambattista Valli

Inspired by blooms in the gardens of Paris; Giambattista Valli’s SS16 couture collection showcased endless gathered chiffon which flounced down the runway, as well as intricate floral embroidery and glittering sequin embellishment. Amongst the silhouettes of show-shopping full tulle skirts were bib skirts, mini dresses and dipped hem designs; all equally inspiring for a summer wedding outfit. We predict a display of Valli’s creations on the red carpet this February awards season….

GV

Chanel

Heritage Chanel couture met modern eco systems this season thanks to creative director, Karl Lagerfeld who transformed the Grand Palais into a fashionably energy efficient zone. The catwalk firstly became a puppy playground as Cara Delevingne arrived on the FROW with her canine companion, Leo. Once the pre-show excitement had settled; the wooden slat pavilion opened and models hit the runway in Chanel’s modern garden. “Gabrielle Chanel was the queen of beige,” said Lagerfeld, who focused on traditional taupe and oatmeal hues for the iconic Chanel suits in the collection. The classic jacket was contrasted with varied skirt silhouettes, from fitted midi length pencils to full skirts and wide culottes, with the addition of elegantly trailing capes. Putting a new spin on high-fashion ecology, the collection celebrated the beauty of nature with feathered beads, wooden birds and crystal dragonflies adoring the couture creations.

C

Valentino

Sending us into an exotic haze, the Italian fashion house created an atmosphere for a luxury Oriental travel affair with their latest couture collection. The models, whose hair was decorated by golden snake hairbands, had us imagining the sand between our toes as they walked barefoot down the runway. The lavish jewelled coloured gowns featured carefully crafted patchwork, tapestry or sumptuous velvet fabrics and were simply topped with burnished gold intricate embroidery to add a further touch of luxe. With Chinese New Year on the approach, the familiar Valentino dragon motif from their pre fall 2015 collection and kimono styled coats concluded this desirable oriental display.

V

Elie Saab

Telling the tale of a turn-of-the century Englishwoman venturing through India in the early 1900s, the collection echoed the spirit of explorers. Revisiting the past, the Edwardian-inspired crochet and lace dresses featured conservatively concealed skin around the crystal coated choker necklines and delicately detailed wrists with loosely fitted floating skirts. With an elegant colour palette of mauve, violet, lilac and delicate dove grey, the designer’s classically beautiful designs did not disappoint.

ES

Zuhair Murad

Setting the scene for a midsummer night’s dream; elegant sugar-sweet pastel tones graced the runway for Zuhair Murad’s SS16 collection. Couture and corsetry go hand in hand so it was only to be predicted that the show would feature elegant past trends like the hoop skirts favoured by Elizabeth I. Upon the statuesque curvature of the designs, Murad added delicate floral embroidery in a variety of lavish fabrics including: lace, organza, satin, sequins, and silver beads. The show was an utter fairy-tale dream and served up a dose of much-needed romance to the modern day couture schedule.

ZM

Inspired by the exquisite couture collections? Add a touch of luxe to your wardrobe by shopping our stunning selection of occasion wear .

(Images courtesy of Vogue)