10/07/2014 09:35 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Paris Couture Week: Valentino Autumn/Winter 2014

Valentino's Autumn/Winter 2014 couture catwalk collection showcased draped asymmetric dresses, tunic maxis, sheer gowns with floral embroidery, gladiator sandals and textured two-pieces.

The theme was pure elegance but it was minimal rather than OTT extravagant. Monochrome outfits were heightened with flashes of metallic detailing and waistlines were wrapped and bowed with leather strips to create a bodice effect.

Red and nude floor-length gowns had plunging necklines, were gathered at the waist and had cross-back detailing. These designs have been made for modern day goddesses.

Hair and makeup mirrored the unassuming (but completely beautiful) collection with natural, glowy complexions, nude lips and middle-parted low slung ponytails with a gentle wave.

This was just more proof that this season, the couture designers have adopted a sleek, modern aesthetic.

While collections paid homage to days gone by (Valentino channeled the pre-Raphaelite era and Chanel's theme was "Le Corbusier goes to Versailles") the A/W 2014 couture is all about multi-fabrication and wearable luxe fashion. Bravo, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.

As for the front row? Kim Kardashian attended the show alongside Valentino himself (of course) and Giancarlo Giammetti.

But, for us, it was Emma Watson's Valentino two-piece and leather jacket ensemble that scored high on the on what-to-wear-to-a-couture-show front. She's a definite fashion darling.


Elie Saab Autumn/Winter 2014

Dior Autumn/Winter 2014

Atelier Versace Autumn/Winter 2014

Armani Prive Autumn/Winter 2014

Chanel Autumn/Winter 2014

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