Paris Couture Week Fall 2023 was a dazzling display of haute couture creations from some of the most renowned fashion houses in the world. From July 3 to July 6, the French capital hosted a series of shows and events that showcased the exquisite craftsmanship, innovation, and artistry of couture designers.
One of the highlights of the week was the Christian Dior show, which featured 65 looks inspired by ancient Greek and Roman culture. Maria Grazia Chiuri, the artistic director of Dior, blended minimalism and embellishment in her designs, creating floor-length silhouettes that evoked Doric columns, goddesses, and vestal virgins. The collection was a tribute to the classical heritage of Dior, as well as a reflection of Chiuri's own Roman upbringing.
Another standout show was Giorgio Armani Prive, which presented a glamorous collection of evening wear in rich jewel tones and metallic hues. The Italian designer played with textures and shapes, mixing velvet, satin, tulle, and feathers in creations. The show also featured some stunning accessories, such as crystal-encrusted headpieces, chandelier earrings, and statement necklaces.
Giambattista Valli also delivered a spectacular show, with his signature voluminous gowns and ruffles. The collection was inspired by the beauty of nature, with floral motifs, pastel colors, and delicate fabrics. Valli also added some edgy elements, such as leather jackets, studs, and zippers, to contrast with the romantic aesthetic.
Other notable collections included Chanel, which showcased a modern interpretation of the iconic tweed suit, with long skirts, capes, and coats; Thom Browne, which explored the theme of chess in his avant-garde design, featuring checkerboards patterns, oversized silhouettes, and surreal accessories; and Jean Paul Gaultier, which marked the debut of Julien Dossena as the new creative director of the house, with a collection that paid homage to Gaultier's legacy while adding a fresh twist.
Paris Couture Week Fall 2023 was not only about fashion shows but also about social and cultural events that celebrated the art of couture. Some of the highlights were:
A promenade in Fondation Cartier garden with Lora Sonney, organized by AZ Factory, invited guests to discover the botanical wonders of the museums' garden while listening to a live performance by the singer-songwriter.
A cocktail party hosted by System magazine to celebrate its 10-year anniversary issue, which featured interviews with some of the most influential figures in fashion, such as Karl Lagerfeld, Rei Kawakubo and Virgil Abloh.
A presentation of Viv Choc Piece Unique by Roger Vivier, which showcased a collection of one-of-a-kind shoes inspired by chocolate and designed by creative director Gherardo Felloni.
A cocktail party organized by Messika Paris to unveil its new haute joaillerie collection, which featured dazzling diamonds and precious stones in innovative designs.
A launch event by Louis Vuitton Horlogerie revealed its new watch collection, which combined elegance and functionality in its timepieces.
An After-show party by Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture by Julien Dossena, which celebrated the successful debut of the new creative director with music and dancing.
A dinner organized by le Sidaction in partnership with the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, which raised funds and awareness for AIDS research.