Paris Couture 2013

At the beginning of July “La Ville-Lumière” hosted its bi-annual crème de la crème of fashion design in a series of couture shows where traditional ateliers battled to sew and sculpt ever more head-turning and exquisitely detailed collections. The place of couture remains incredibly vital as a medium for unrestricted artistic creativity, and as an opportunity for fashion houses to broadcast their style message most sublimely.

Read on for Muse For Fashion’s pick of the best offerings in Paris…

Day 1

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Atelier Versace – 3/10

Glitzy, brash and perhaps a little too Amsterdam.

Day 2

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Christian Dior – 6/10

Remaining faithful to the fashion house’s classic shapes, but lacking in life.

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Giambattista Valli – 10/10

Jaw-droppingly gorgeous frocks that you pray you had the dates in your diary to wear them to.

Day 3

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Chanel – 5/10

Brownie points for all the Highland references, but deductions for unflattering shapes and miserable palette.

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Giorgio Armani Prive – 7/10

Utterly fabulous collection with frous, fur and candy floss. However, pink is not the only colour Giorgio.

Day 4

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Elie Saab – 9/10

The stuff of fairytales, but also quite blatantly awards season red carpets.

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Jean Paul Gaultier – 5/10

Outlandish, bonkers and not particularly tasteful, but entertaining nonetheless.

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Valentino – 8/10

Classic, rich, and true to the style of its former chief designer Valentino Garavani himself. However, had Farrow & Ball had some input?

Day 5

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Zuhair Murad – 10/10

Another flawless collection to close the season, and demonstrating that couture can still be very relevant.

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