Paris Fashion Week 2021

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

Live shows have returned to Fashion Week for the first time in over a year and a half. July 5, 2021 Paris fashion week saw Dior, Chanel, Giorgio Armani Privé, Balenciaga, Jean Paul Gaultier, Zuhair Murad, Vaishali S, and Pyer Moss on physical runways while Iris Van Herpen and Schiaparelli opted for a virtual gallery.

One of my favorite designers is Dior, and Haute Couture is my favorite style. Here are some highlights from the show.

Ready for winter with tweed, you just cannot go wrong. Hats that resemble riding hats were a constant theme as well. The silhouette was full skirts, pleats, fitted suits.

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Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri told Reuters that she wanted fabrics to be front and centre. Embroidery inspired by Sala dei Ricami in Rome’s Palazzo Colonna covered the walls of the venue, with richly patterned tapestries adorning the space.


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In addition to tweed and embroidery were flowing gowns resembling Greek Goddesses with intricate detailing and pleating.

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Chanel had a similar theme. Full skirts, tweed, embroidery and generally heavy patterns that mix and match. Something that I noticed is the teacup shoes.

The round toe is a nice feminine change from the pointed toe we have seen recently.

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There were some really elegant dresses in the collection as well, including the finale wedding dress that really harks back to a more elegant time.

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Balenciaga had its first haute couture collection debut in 53 years. It is about time they show off a collection of couture because they tend to have very avant-garde aesthetics. It had rave reviews but honestly it was a bit too weird for me and most of the talk was about featuring Kamala’s step daughter, but there were a few pieces that I really did love.

I feel like these pieces are a tribute to their last couture show in 1968. I personally love this style. In fact it takes me back to Dior of the 50s with just the right subtle touch of contemporary styling.

photo courtesy of Balenciaga

It is great to see the runway back to life, it seems that fall/winter 2021-2022 is something to look forward to, not only for the tweed, pleats, embroidery, full skirts and feminine elegance but for live events to be held again. Life in winter. Persephone is out of Hades this winter.