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Paris Couture Fashion Week: Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy

Valentino’s ladylike pleats, delicate embroidery and light colours created a serene springtime scene on its couture catwalk in Paris this week.

Blouses, simple day dresses and maxi length skirts were in subtle nudes, beiges and pastel shades. Pleats were prevalent, with simple long-sleeve day dresses concertinaed into pleats and long chiffon dresses also pleated. Creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli chose intricate laces and honeycomb embroidery, which was often hidden in the folds of skirts, only visible with movement. Fabric bows and butterflies adorned the delicate sheer chiffons which flowed elegantly down the catwalk.

In a stark contrast to Valentino Jean Paul Gaultier’s theme was “punk cancan”. Mohawk hair, fishnets and chokers with blood red studs embodied the punk side of the theme. The French cancan counterpart was displayed through ruffled skirts in blacks and ruby reds. Gaultier’s spring couture collection too included sharp tailoring, with silk tuxedo jackets, pencil skirts and wide-leg trousers.

Givenchy’s presentation comprised of just ten gowns all inspired by Japanese Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohn. Floor length dresses in lilacs, lemons and creams were sprinkled with crystals and pearls. Layering was key to the collection with feathers, ruffles and chiffon fused on top of one another and extravagant warrior style headpieces completed each outfit.

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