Haute Couture Diary

Happy Monday everyone! Now that the Haute Couture festivities have come to an end, I finally have a chance to relax and catch up on my beauty sleep! A busy week of parties, meeting friends and, of course, seeing shows has been fantastic, if exhausting, and I’m already looking forward to next season. I have lots to share with you all – but here’s just a snippet of what I’ve been up to in Paris.

 

ELIE SAAB

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Ready for Elie Saab! See how to achieve my beauty look here.

Although nothing could surpass my excitement for theĀ Dior show on Monday, Elie Saab came close! I arrived in one of my favourite cocktail dresses and spotted some of my favourite fashion aficionados in the row beside me, including the gorgeous Olivia Palermo. The venue, which was lit beautifully in lavender at the opening and warm ochre on the runway, was dripping in chandeliers, making for a very glamorous setting!

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One of my favourite Elie Saab dresses and look at those shoes!

The collection itself was romantic to its core: Saab was one of few couturiers to not include a daytime alternative, focusing purely on beautiful, shimmering dresses. Just about everything was embellished in carefully placed sequins in a shade of sea blue or blush pink. Sumptuous black lace dresses were one of the highlights, with bodices swathed in weightless silks that flew beautifully as the models walked. Of course, the closing wedding dress that the designer is known for was a knockout; this season, it featured a huge skirt and magnificent train, embellished in tiny pearls. Ladies and gentlemen on the front row were hastily asked to uncross their legs so as to ensure the skirt would not get caught up along the way!

Elie Saab Wedding Dress

 

MAISON VALENTINO

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What I wore: Valentino

Next up on my agenda was the Valentino show: definitely one of the highlights of my trip! I was dressed in a gorgeous black lace dress by the designer and, despite the rain, I managed to stay dry with the help of some very dapper, umbrella-bearing gentlemen who escorted the guests inside! While the designs took centre stage there were a number of familiar faces in the audience, including Kim Kardashian (who I had the pleasure of chatting to after the show) and Emma Watson.

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From left to right: Chatting with Kim Kardashian outside the venue; in the car, excited for the show!

The Valentino show didn’t disappoint with an effortless and beautifully constructed array of dresses. Models were swathed in delicate layers of chiffon and cinched in at the waist with a wrapped leather tie and grecian style dresses were made incredibly modern with a palette of crisp white and lipstick red. Toga styles in blush colours would make the perfect holiday cocktail dress and the flats, laced to the shins in thin strands would make the most elegant of day-to-night sandals. A beautiful embroidered sheer dress with classical wool and leather embroidery was my stand-out favourite!

 

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ZUHAIR MURAD

Zuhair Murad never disappoints and this show was no different.

The Lebanese designer’s show was a colourful array, with dresses ranging from black, white and silver, to red, blue and aquamarine.

This show was all about glamour with the striking models taking to the catwalk in sexy, feminine gowns as well as brief cocktail dresses. Murad took inspiration from the architecture that his home-city Beirut, is becoming known for and this was evident in the intricate beading, warped geometric patterns and heavy lace construction, which set these dresses apart.

(Right to Left: Sat front row at Zuhair Murad with the lovely Yin Zu and Chloe Perrin)

RALPH & RUSSO

My final show of the week was Ralph and Russo and what a show it was!

Ethereal white gowns wafted down the catwalk, followed by dramatic cuts, voluminous skirts and polished dresses in luxurious shades of crimson and midnight blue. The closing wedding dress was so sensational it required assistance to lift the train!

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The final look at the Ralph and Russo show

That’s all for this season! Now I’m off to the sunny the South of France to relax for a few days before it’s back to London and back to work!

Keep up with everything I’m up to via Instagram and Twitter (@emmamilleruk).

xo Emma

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