Haute Couture Fall 2019
Collage: Stephanie Gracia

In the context of collections that take thousands of hours to create, to be produced for a select few customers with deep enough pockets to afford them—for most, it is the sheer emotion and awe evoked by these exquisite creations that have us riveted for those five days during Paris Haute Couture Week. This season was a particularly important one, with changing of guards signalling new era’s at Chanel and Fendi, and a timely reminder that, in our times of drop culture and ‘See-Now-Buy-Now’, the haute couture art-form is more relevant than ever.

While many of the collections during this haute couture season delved deep into tradition, others subverted tradition and proposed a vision of the future. Always at the core was the artform that brings these near-impossible sartorial visions into the physical realm. We are reminded that, with a fast paced pret-a-porter cycle that conditions us to expect instant availability, haute couture remains the indispensable counterweight.

See our roundup of the best of Paris Haute Couture Week below.

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This Haute Couture season had so much to delight the senses. Our EIC @KennieBoy gives us his round up of the best of FW 2019-2020. New life at Virginie Viard’s first couture showing for @ChanelOfficial, one last show (for now) at @Dior’s 30 Avenue Montaigne and @Fendi took us by private jet to #Rome for Silvia Fendi’s collection honouring Karl Largerfeld. While @MaisonValentino gave us exotic ethnic delights, @Givenchyofficial brought out the nobel rebel. @Armani, @giambattistavalliparis and @ralphandrusso took us back to the tradition of high fashion, while @irisvanherpen went cyber modern and projected us into a hypnotic future. #pfw #parisfashionweek #hautecouture #paris

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