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Best of Couture Week Fall 2015

The greatest hits from the fashion extravaganza

By ELLE team  July 10th, 2015

You may not have been there for the first-hand experience – but here’s everything you needed to know about the week that was.

John Galliano made potato sacks cool at Maison Margiela’s Artisanal show (they’ve always refrained from using the word couture). There was so much to love: a pair of pants that transformed into a jacket, a simple cobalt blue bib dress that looked like an apron from the front, but lethal low from the back. Then came an army of painted-on faces, pins scattered on the hair, and masked eyes.

Viktor & Rolf presented a museum artwork-inspired collection. Models came draped in framed coats and skirts, as if they’d crashed through a painting before stepping on the ramp.

At the much-awaited Chanel show, Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore sat at a casino – in the centre of the action. Tweed and quilted skirt-suits were rendered futuristic with asymmetrical bobs, super-rosy cheeks, bushy eyebrows, and moon-walkers for heels. And finally, Kendall Jenner stepped out as Chanel’s modern bride in a sharp white suit.

A risque at a Dior couture show? *Gasp* Tabard-inspired column dresses were held together with a few dainty chain-links. Even blogger Susie Bubble posted: “Never thought I’d see this much flesh at a Raf Simons show @Dior #diorcouture”.

Donatella Versace explored her softer side this season. Light chiffons, wreaths in the hair, exaggerated bell-sleeves – the Versace Atelier show had a very ’70s, almost festival fashion vibe.

Maison Valentino chose their home, Rome for the show. Red toga dresses, gladiator flats, lots of sheer and tulle – each model looked every bit the Roman goddess designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli wished to create. The FROW? Gwyneth Paltrow in a deep v-neck red creation, Tilda Swinton in a white high-neck floor-length, and Olivia Palermo ethereal in a black net and tulle gown.