Paris Couture Week Autumn/Winter 2014 was a spectacle of fabulous high-fashion. The intricate attention to detail, multi-fabrication, risque silhouettes and take-notice tailoring did not disappoint.
Valentino's creative directors, Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, showcased minimal Grecian elegance while Elie Saab reaffirmed his status as fairytale dress-maker with a line of sequinned, full-skirted, elaborate gowns.
Then there was Chanel's "Le Corbusier goes to Versailles" themed catwalk - beautiful brocades, metallics, skirts over shorts, immaculately tailored separates. The show was closed by Karl Lagerfeld and pregnant model Ashleigh Good in a breathtaking wedding gown and cape.
As for Jean-Paul Gaultier? He cast 25-year-old bearded drag queen, and Eurovision winner, Conchita Wurst to model in his show.
The dresses (multi-coloured sequin, underwear revealing and asymmetric) were racy and completely fearless as were the metallic plunging tuxedos. Note: hoods and red lipstick are a must next season.
Maison Martin Margiela's glitterati of masked models wore high-waisted maxi skirts, satin bombers, slinky strapless column gowns and long luxe gloves. Again, this collection was more statement making street wear and less classic couture - we'd wear it all. Minus the headgear.
Another highlight? Giorgio Armani's ladies in red. Think gauzy, embellished tulle dresses and millinery by Philip Treacy.
What a week for fashion.
MORE FROM COUTURE WEEK
WATCH: Catch up on all the latest from Paris Couture Week right here.
Suggested For You
SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements.Learn more