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A drastic change took place in the luxury fashion world last week, as the Men’s fashion shows were swiftly followed by Couture Week. Suits, urban gents and autumnal attire made way for feminine, summery ultra-luxury dresses. The Couture trend for Spring/Summer 2015? Without a shadow of doubt, flowers. 

‘Moonage Daydream’, Raf Simons’ Couture collection for Dior, blurred the lines between eras: simultaneously revisiting the fifties, sixties and seventies, the designer gave the collection a futuristic note. Ranging from bodysuits to elaborate plissé skirts, the show was a kaleidoscope of PVC, silks and sequins. 

Creative Director duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli injected Spring/Summer 2015 with elements inspired from Russian folklore, combined with the long, elegant silhouettes which the Valentino label has become so well known for. Consisting of deep reds and delicate nudes, the collection featured intricate embroideries, with some dresses having required as many as 3,500 hours of embroidery work. 

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Viktor & Rolf
Viktor & Rolf’s paid an extravagant homage to Van Gogh, with voluminous dresses consisting of floral motifs and a playful take on the straw hat. In previous seasons we’d seen couture and sportswear collide when trainers appeared on the Chanel catwalk, for SS15 Viktor & Rolf decide to send models down the runway in flip-flops.   

Midriffs were on show at Chanel, as Karl Lagerfeld dubbed them “the new cleavage”. Crop tops aside, his collection was a celebration of all things floral, with flower-encrusted beanies, tops and skirts. The show closed on the obligatory wedding dress, with a chiffon and organza train designed to resemble a bed of flowers. 

A procession of show-stopping dresses, couture week is certainly testimony to incredible expertise and hours of arduous work…but it’s also the perfect excuse to daydream.