The best of spring 2017 couture

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The best of spring 2017 couture

The couture shows have just come to an end in Paris, and we’ll admit we were grateful for a bit of respite from the current world of depressing headline news and desperate memes. Though making less and less sense commercially, the haute couture presentations still remain a fixture in Paris, offering a glimpse into a fantasy world of stunningly-crafted dresses and dramatic gowns. We particularly salute the Dior show, the first under Maria Grazia Chiuri’s direction, for its fakely-delicate flower girls, fierce under the blooms, and the futuristic Chanel show, proving metallic can be very chic. Here’s our top 5…

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Madly Metallic at Chanel : a celebration of the brand's savoir faire in seductive silvery hues.

Flower Power Girls at Dior : these are no shrinking violets... The Dior flower girls wear their crowns with pride in Maria Grazia Chiuri's first couture show.

The many faces of Margiela : Galliano takes a figurative turn in this new collection for Margiela, ranging from the abstract to the more detailed.

Oriental Trip at Elie Saab : a one-way trip to opulence the Elie Saab way. Bonus points for the sandy tones that contrast with the glitzy embellishments. Don't forget your oversized sunnies!

Surrealisticly Seventies at Schiaparelli : a ode to Elsa Schiaparelli's irreverent style by fashion director Bertrand Guyon, with notes of orientalism and a couple of very desirable lamé pieces.