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The Spring 2024 Paris Haute Couture Week's Best Shows
February 03, 2024
The spring 2024 haute couture shows just happened in Paris and it's safe to say that the city has such a fashionable year ahead. The biggest maisons did not disappoint this season, making it one of the best Paris Fashion Weeks in recent memory. Schiaparelli started strong with Daniel Roseberry's sci-fi/Western-inspired creations. Dior followed it up with Maria Grazia Chiuri's chic and understated offering. Simone Rocha's go at Jean Paul Gaultier was hard to ignore too, as was Valentine's classically colorful collection. But the undeniable pièce de résistance was John Galliano's return to form at Martin Margiela. People will be talking about this show for months, perhaps even years to come!
Maison Martin Margiela
John Galliano was back at his full flamboyant and romantic glory for Maison Martin Margiela's spring 2024 Artisanal show. He held it under Pont d’Alexandre III between the 7th and 8th arrondissements, two of the most quintessentially Parisian districts in the city. And in true Galliano fashion, his corseted and heavily padded show was also quintessentially Parisian. It was as much a theater experience as it was a showcase of haute couture. Inspired by the 1920s and 30s underground cabaret scene, his ghostly creations permeated with Margiela's signature deconstructed aesthetic paired so beautifully with Galliano's signature cinematic fantasy. People will be talking about this show for years to come!
Source: Martin Margiela YouTube Channel
The moment a tank topped model walked the runway with a robotic baby, it was clear that Daniel Roseberry reached his surrealist peak at Schiaparelli. Season after season, this haute couture house reigned supreme as one of the main highlights of Paris Fashion Week. This season was no different. Creative director Daniel Roseberry put out a sci-fi/Western-inspired show filled with his signature parade of sculptural pieces, broad shoulders, chic black looks, and fascinating forays into avant-garde territory. A black and pale pink ball gown will likely make it onto the red carpet this coming awards season while an entire dress made out of old-fashioned cellphones is fit for a unique Paris museum.
Source: Schiaparelli YouTube Channel
Jean Paul Gaultier
If there's one thing Jean Paul Gaultier has become known for over the years, it's his French brand of playfulness. His designs were always tongue-in-cheek as much as they were avant-garde and oftentimes, erotic. Who would've known that this sort of underground aesthetic would work well with Simone Rocha? The British designer has made a name for herself as a hyperfeminine designer, seemingly far from Gaultier's more risque style. So when she designed the haute couture house's spring 2024 collection, the beautiful blending of opposing sensibilities was a pleasant surprise. Rocha's signature girly staples (e.g. puffy mutton sleeves, tulle skirts, pastel colors, and lace) had a couture-ready finish. Perhaps it's a sign of what's to come?
Source: Jean Paul Gaultier YouTube Channel
Satin corsets, crystal embellishments, mile-long trains, and fancy feathers. Glamour was front and center at Miss Sohee's spring 2024 haute couture show last Paris Fashion Week. It was fitting that the Korean couture designer showed her collection at the five-star Shangri-La Paris near the Eiffel Tower. No other upscale location could have matched this lavish presentation. The designs themselves were nothing groundbreaking but definitely showstopping. It was unapologetically opulent, the kind you'd expect A-list celebrities to wear on red carpet events. Don't be surprised if these looks appear at the Oscars, the Met Gala, or the Cannes Film Festival!
Pierpaolo Piccioli is a bit of an anomaly in haute couture. He heads a technically Italian fashion house that produces haute couture and operates in Paris. The brand has ateliers in both Paris and Rome and its signature styles are as much about Italian luxury as it is about French glamour. His latest spring 2024 show was solid proof of that. Named “Le Salon” and held in Place Vendôme in the 1st arrondissement, the collection was the perfect marriage between the brand's French couture sensibilities and Roman craftsmanship. Diaphanous gowns and tinges of menswear highlighted the Parisian touch, while the bright colors and sexy see-through pieces were pure Italian erotica.
Source: Valentino YouTube Channel
Another Italian luxury brand that has established its own place in haute couture is Fendi. The Roman fashion house has dabbled in Parisian fashion over the years, especially when the late great Karl Lagerfeld held the helm. Kim Jones has continued the legacy and has been consistently good at it. His spring 2024 collection was proof of that. Jones's Fendi haute couture has always differentiated itself from the rest with its commitment to clean and crisp designs. The spare minimalism he displayed this past Paris Fashion Week was a refresher against the other more opulent presentations.
Source: Fendi YouTube Channel
Maria Grazia Chiuri has been a roller coaster at Christian Dior. Though she has established her own signature aesthetic in this decades-old fashion house, it wasn't always good. Fortunately, her spring 2024 show was a rare exception. She blended simplicity and opulence perfectly for this new line. The famous Dior silhouettes were on full display, but they came out in chic khaki looks that any modern Parisian would look divine in. Diaphanous dresses and ball gowns upped the French glamour ante, but not in the gimmicky fantastical way that Chiuri has become known for over the years. Her floor-length looks were pure Parisian elegance at its finest.
Source: Christian Dior YouTube Channel
The spring 2023 haute couture shows in Paris were a big hit! Many of the biggest French fashion houses put out some of the most amazing shows Paris Fashion Week has seen in years. People will remember this for years to come!