As Paris Couture Week comes to an end, we reflect back on perhaps one of the most elaborate and innovative couture weeks to date. From an “Eco Couture” three-story Zen pavilion at Chanel to bold yet touching tributes at Gosha Rubchinskiy and Louis Vuitton sharing a spotlight on the standing of current political and environmental issues, Autumn/Winter 2016 Paris Couture Week skilfully restored the grasp of our emotional connection with fashion.
Contrasting with the positively striking statements and subtle nods towards international affairs were the displays of equally mesmerising yet very public “shows” on the streets. Flocking from all corners of the globe were the followers of Couture fashion week and their undying passion for showcasing their own eclipsing styles reminiscent of the new season collections.
But whilst there are fears that street style had turned into “fashion week style”, with fashion weeks becoming a time of “peacocks” disingenuously showcasing their most outrageous outfit, this year a corner was turned, and the return of street style “crows” (as coined by Suzy Menkes) was delightfully evident.
This season, Couture Week saw some thoughtfully composed ensembles that conveyed an effortless message, from unique statement pieces to sleek muted hues, Paris Couture street style was blissfully bona-fide and un posed.
Here are some of our favourite looks from Paris Couture Fashion Week A/W 16.