The best of Paris Spring 2016 Haute Couture Week

17 February 2016

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Haute Couture’s Spring 2016 Fashion Week in Paris, one of the most glam events on the fashion calendar has begun, and it’s giving us a serious sense of hope amidst the winter blues – if only for a fleeting moment.

Quintessential spring flowers blossomed on the runways at Christian Dior, George Hobeika, and Ralph & Russo, but were given a new meaning at Giambattista Valli, who resorted to the language of flowers as a response to the November attacks in Paris. Giambattista Valli’s idea was to look at the city’s famous gardens and present them as a kind of thank-you to Paris, he said backstage in an interview with Vogue. The collection was anything but short on exquisite detail, and featured ballooning tulle sleeves, strapless shapes embroidered with jewels, and now-signature tulle dresses that flounced down the runway in pale pink, red, and grey.

Related: Gigi And Bella Hadid Make Their Chanel Haute Couture Debut

Meanwhile, Karl Lagerfeld intertwined the world of fashion and technology to create a collection of long, lean skirts, cut mid-shin and worn with rounded sleeve jackets accompanied by a loosely tied belt bag for an iPhone or tablet. Chanel also sought to bring back one of the ‘90s most coveted trends, having models take the tranquil wood-path runway setting in round-toe cork wedges with curved heels.

And while Atelier Versace embraced a world of cool cut-outs and pant-suits highlighted by neon accents and ties, Schiaparelli, Dice Kayek, Christian Dior, and Armani took a softer, more feminine approach with lilac-hued crinoline, romantic white lace, fit-and-flare silhouettes, and subtle seashells complimented by lavish-looking lobsters – heck, there were even a few metallic eyebrows.

Catch up on the rest of Paris Haute Couture week so far with looks from our favourite shows:

Chanel

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Giambattista Valli

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George Hobeika

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Atelier Versace

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Schiaparelli

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Christian Dior

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Dice Kayek

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Armani Prive

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Ralph & Russo

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More about Paige Exell

Fashion & beauty writer, lipstick enthusiast, lover of all things beautiful, constantly on the lookout for what's new and what's cool.

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