Over this past week, the city of lights glistened in luster, lace, sequins, and feathers galore. For Paris Couture Fashion Week, the lines blur between art and fashion, and style and sculpture. Here’s a roundup of the chic, classy, and conspicuous looks that (practically) flew down the catwalks this week. This three-part series will break down the overarching aesthetic themes presented. Let’s relax, rewind, and revise this past season’s most daring and doubtlessly eye-catching runway shows.  

In an age where streetwear, literally, reigns Supreme, one dominant trend this Paris couture fashion week season was an understated, refined elegance. The catwalks conveyed that maximalism might not be here to stay.

1. Christian Dior

Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative director of Christian Dior women’s and couture, recently spoke to Vogue about her views on the shifting luxury fashion landscape. “Fashion used to only impose a point of view, now it has to be a dialogue.” To uphold Dior’s end of the continuously flowing conversation, Chiuri presently a surprisingly simple collection last week. Known for her social-media-worthy shirts, sweaters, and accessories, the Dior Spring/Summer 2019 Couture collection was comprised of pieces with simple, clean lines in classic silhouettes. Chiuri stayed true to her typical blacks, pinks, greens, and neutrals color palette which conveyed a refreshingly, and somewhat rebellious, chic line. Click here to view the full collection.

2. Giorgio Armani

After dedicating last year’s couture collection to the late editor of Italian Vogue, Franca Sozzani, Armani created an understated couture collection that was all his own. Unlike his signature Collection Privé styles, for his 2018 collection, Armani did not send a breadth of bold-printed-patterned garments down the runway. Instead, the namesake designer exhibited an endless (truly, endless) array of sleek styles in a neutral color palette. Composed of nude and black tones, Armani’s 2018 Privé collection epitomizes high-class elegance. From single-buttoned blazers to Gala-ready gowns, Armani’s aesthetic radiates sophistication and simply timeless taste. Click here for the nearly hundred-look collection.

3. Chanel

When one thinks of classic elegance, Chanel likely is the first luxury heritage design house that comes to mind. Karl Lagerfeld’s latest couture collection was as expected as it was beautiful. While his looks were less minimalist than the two former collection covered in this part of the series, the timeless trend-relevance of Lagerfeld’s Chanel lives on. In classic Chanel fashion, the first few ensembles to ascent the runway were various takes on the brand’s evergreen style – the tweed suit. For this couture season, Chanel embraced the sensual art of the understated slit for the majority of its skirt suit and dress styles. In conjunction to the tweed, Lagerfeld sent single-breasted, puffed shoulder jackets and with flared out skirts and correlating dress styles down the catwalk. Despite the sequins and shoulder detailing, Chanel signature refinement shone through. Click here for the full Chanel couture collection.  

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