Haute couture returned to the Paris runways in the form of ethereal glamazonian dresses and Soviet-era inspired gowns. Here are our favourite looks from day one at the shows
Merely a week after the men had their turn on the catwalk, showcasing the spring/summer 2016 ready-to-wear collections, the fashion troop once again descended on the City of Lights for the haute couture fall 2015 shows.
Atelier Versace: Chiffon Glamazon Donatella Versace eschewed her logo-heavy collections of season past and returned to what she does best: High-slit and high-impact flowing silk gowns. From the opening exit by Lara Stone to the closing look paraded by Karlie Kloss, the ladies strutted out in glamazonian dresses held up by metal chain corsets and dancing in wispy tiers of frayed chiffon. Looks were routinely finished with floral crowns and, paradoxically, patent leather platform boots.
Ulyana Sergeenko: Soviet Interiors It's only been three years since Sergeenko's first couture show, but the Russian designer continues to grow from strength to strength, having recently been admitted as a guest member of the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.
For fall 2015, Sergeenko took inspiration from the Soviet-era interiors of Saint Petersburg apartments and, as a corollary, displayed a collection that was more rigorous than her previous outings. Fur was restricted to a handful of looks (three sumptuous full-length coats) and used more as an accent (tufted on skirts, on headgear or as circular puff bags) in a show characterised by sweetheart necklines and asymmetric silk gowns accented with contrast pleat detailing. Favoured by celebrities the likes of Riri, Emma Stone and Kim Kardashian, this shooting star is primed to go supernova.
To see all our coverage of Paris Couture Fall 2015, click here.