Haute couture shows: highlights from day 2

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Christian Dior

In an immaculate white setting, Raf Simons presented pieces with precise, geometrical tailoring as well as a wide variety of embroidery. Another prominent feature of this collection was cut-work, seen in everything from dresses and jackets to jumpsuits. In terms of colors, the collection kept its distance from vibrant and flashy colors, opting rather for soft pastels, off-white or midnight blue, which was present in a number of pieces. Perhaps the most outstanding feature of this feminine and sophisticated collection: the couture sneakers worn by certain models.

Giambattista Valli

In the springtime spirit, the Italian designer gave expression to floral inspirations through this latest haute couture collection, which, with a number of prints and embroidered patterns echoing the petals of cornflowers or other garden blossoms. Whether wearing long front-split gowns or ultra-short dresses with flared skirts, around 30 models walked the runway in sophisticated pieces that truly flattered the feminine form. The colors on display were bright and cheery, without verging into tackiness, with a number of two-tone pieces (Klein blue and white, red and blue). All in all, an enchanting show in signature Giambattista Valli style.

Alexis Mabille

The French designer brought a Greco-Roman ambiance to the Hôtel d’Evreux, paying homage — like Versace — to the goddesses of the ancients. The walls, like the models’ hairstyles, were decorated with ethereal white butterflies. Looking sculptural, the model-goddesses, wore long, draped dresses, close-fitting gowns and even togas in various shades of white. The collection emphasized fluid fabrics such as crêpe or organza, and included a trend seen across a number of the season’s shows so far: very low-cut necklines. 

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