The most awe-inspiring looks from Paris Haute Couture Week AW19


By Joan Kong

The most awe-inspiring looks from Paris Haute Couture Week AW19

Despite the ongoing heatwave (the temperature in Paris shot up to 45 degree Celsius for the first time), Paris Haute Couture week continued to make showgoers—and us—dream with yet another round of extravagant and awe-inspiring designs. There are plenty of reasons to celebrate this season. At Chanel, creative director Virginie Viard presented her first solo couture collection after the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, and she definitely continued his legacy by staging a stunning show in a one-of-a-kind set. The Grand Palais was transformed into a massive Chanel library, and details such as wire-framed glasses, high ruffled collars and its signature skirt suits complemented the bookish theme. Similary, at Fendi, Silvia Venturini Fendi also paid a subtle tribute to Lagerfeld, sending down 54 looks that represent the years of the late designer’s tenure.

Amid the cultural appropriation controversies in the fashion world, Valentino‘s Pierpaolo Piccioli showed us how cultural appreciation is done with a collection that referenced Irving Penn’s Worlds in a Small Room. In an interview with Vogue, he mentioned that “the only way to make couture alive today is to embrace different women’s identities and cultures”, and he did it oh-so-beautifully. Lastly, just when we thought we’ve seen it all, Iris Van Herpen presented a collection of dresses inspired by kinetic sculptures that swayed beautifully with the wind. All 19 models walked through a spherical “omniverse” which served as a “portal” for the looks. It was mesmerising.

Scroll through the gallery below for all the dreamy haute couture looks this season:

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