A grand affair: Top trends from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

  • Ruchika Kher, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 23, 2016 20:27 IST
A model presents a cocktail dress by German designer Karl Lagerfeld as part of his Haute Couture Fashion Week. (REUTERS)

The Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, France, is one of the most keenly awaited events of the year. This time too, the style extravaganza, which was held from July 3 to July 8, impressed many. It also saw some Bollywood presence, as Sonam Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat attended a few shows. Here, we round up the top 10 trends from the event.


Cocktail dress

Several designers showcased the importance of a cocktail dress in a woman’s wardrobe. Karl Lagerfeld seemed particularly fond of the silhouette, which is meant for formal occasions. Several pieces in his line fell in this category.

Floral elements

A model presents a creation by French designer Alexis Mabille as part of his Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016/2017 collection. (Reuters)

The popularity of foliage doesn’t seem to die down. Every season, designers use floral elements in their collections. This fashion week was no different. From Dior to Ralph & Russo – flowers were spotted on the ramp in different sizes and forms.


A creation by Australian designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo. (Reuters)

Capes are making news again. They are currently many Bollywood actors’ hot favourites, and are ruling the roost on international ramps too. Most shows presented capes that extended into trains.

Overall print

A model presents a creation by Swiss designers Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier at the Haute Couture Fashion Week. (Reuters)

Risky and attractive, overall prints are not everyone’s cup of tea. But if you know how to carry them off, you can make a fashion-forward statement. Design houses such as Dior, Julien Fournie, Ralph & Russo, and Serge Ruffieux, among others, showcased many such pieces.

Animal instinct

A creation by Schiaparelli, showcased at the Haute Couture Fashion Week. (AFP)

Animals inspired many designers at this high-profile event. From deer to wolves, wild interpretations made their presence felt on the runway this year.

Deep V neckline


Indulging in some skin show, many models strutted down the ramp in creations with deep V necklines. Most were waist-touching, ensuring that the cut made some noise this season.


A model walks the runway during the Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show. (Getty Images)

Haute couture is known for its grand scale. So, voluminous gowns are an important part of most collections. While the tumbling tulles in Giambattista Valli’s collection impressed the fashion folk, the floor-sweeping silk gowns by Ralph & Russo were breathtaking too.


A Giambattista Valli creation presented at the Haute Couture Fashion Week. (Getty Images)

The leotard, a fitted one-piece garment, made its entry into haute couture with Giambattista’s collection. The designer showcased sheer gowns, which were worn with leotards, adding a twist to the formal garment.

Experimental bridal gowns

A creation by Chanel at the Haute Couture Fashion Week. (AFP)

Usually, the most-anticipated look at every haute couture event is the show-stopping wedding gown. Every designer tries to bring forth something unusual. This year saw a few interesting innovations. While Chanel’s bride walked down the runway in a pair of trousers and a pink train, Georges Hobeika’s showstopper wore a body-hugging sheer gown with intricate patterns.

Waist-high boots

A model presents a creation for Vetements during the Haute Couture Fashion Week. (AFP)

Vetements stunned many when its show had models walk down the ramp in waist-high boots of different colours. The comfort isn’t guaranteed, but they did look spiffy.

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