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This season Paris Fashion Week saw some changes as Givenchy was missing from the schedule, replaced instead by The Row. Ultimately though, the city's luxury fashion designers agreed on one thing: Spring-Summer 2016 is going to be a celebration of femininity. 

Alexander McQueen
Sarah Burton took inspiration from history and the plight of the Huguenots, who came to London in the 17th century to escape prosecution. The collection paid tribute to their craftsmanship with fine silks and intricate lace, in long flowing dresses. Embroidered denim and military references cut through the overarching fragile, romantic vibe, thereby establishing a fine balance between fragility and strength.  

Dries van Noten
Whilst a number of designers opted for a stripped back look, Dries van Noten went all out and combined menswear, clashing patterns, layering, embroidery and a plethora of references for a collection that he described as “flamboyant”. If this was too much to take it on the catwalk, guests were allowed a close-up look once the show was over giving them the chance to admire all the small details.    
The Dior show took place against a sumptuous floral backdrop at the Louvres. The luxury fashion house's creative director Raf Simons created a collection that exuded purity and simplicity using a predominantly monochrome palette. He put a strong focus on clean lines through tailoring, whilst chokers, scalloped edges and cropped knits became recurring motifs that ran throughout the collection. 

As monochrome switched to tartan Phoebe Philo collection for Céline bought together puffed sleeves with rounded shoulders, leather tunics and coats with an utilitarian twist. Slips with lace trims injected a dose of femininity into a collection which otherwise consisted of strong shapes.

Taking the concept of a swan song literally, Wang’s final collection for Balenciaga, was completely white: from outfits of white silk, linen or cotton right down to white embroidered slippers. The designer moved away from his signature aesthetic and presented a collection that was very feminine and sensual with ruffles, lace, and lingerie as outerwear. As part of his final farewell actresses, including Zoe Kravitz and Sophie Kennedy Clark, stepped out onto the catwalk to model his clothes.