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Couture is a form of escapism – from otherworldly decors to sublime gowns, every season it’s inevitably a feast for the eyes. As this season’s Couture Week comes to a close, it’s time to take a look at the individual spin designers put on their lavish collections.
As is often the case, Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented an ethereal vision of femininity for Spring-Summer 16. The female figure reigned supreme, draped in long, flowing dresses, which evoked Mariano Fortuny’s designs of the early 20th century. 

Atelier Versace introduced a new concept to fashion: “athletic couture”. We may have already familiar with the expression “sports lux”, but this new idea takes the combination of fashion and fitness to a whole new level. Couture gowns featured sportswear-inspired design, however it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing any at the gym anytime soon.  

If there’s one show that people were curious to see, it’s Dior. This was the first collection the house presented since the departure of Creative Director Raf Simons, and, as such, was designed by the in house design team. Shapes were in keeping with the Dior aesthetic, whilst the collection was bought to life with floral motifs, beading and copious amounts of lace. 

The Chanel collection was based on the concept of ecology: set in a dream house, Lagerfeld turned the idea into high fashion. The collection – primarily in beige tones - incorporated elements such as straw and wood. Featuring intricate details and beautiful embroideries, there was – as ever - a strong focus on craftsmanship.
Maison Margiela
For Maison Margiela’s Artisanal collection, John Galliano played with fabrics. Opening on some simple white looks, the show looks then became progressively more elaborate and colourful, in an effusion of colour, textures and patterns. The collection was a step away from the red carpet gowns, which are so prominent at Couture, into a completely different sartorial world.