Along with big names like Chanel and Dior, a number of other brands showed their vitality on Tuesday, with Julien Fournié, Stephane Rolland, Alexandre Vauthier and RVDK all presenting their contemporary twist on couture.
If any designer can be said to be unquestionably in the zone this month in Western Europe, it has to be Clare Waight Keller, who staged a triumphant couture collection for the house of Givenchy Tuesday night.
One of the key arguments for attending the haute couture shows in Paris in January is that one can get a first hand look, a sneak preview, at what movie stars may be wearing at Oscar time one month later.
The menswear collections for next winter presented in London, Florence, Milan and Paris highlighted 10 main trends, notably showcasing an increasingly liberated, hybrid kind of man, his feminine side clearly displayed.
Chanel couturier Virginie Viard went back to the roots of the house for inspiration this couture season, back before Coco imagined she would be a designer – all the way to her convent school deep in rural France.
The tent for the Christian Dior couture show on Monday was a giant sculpture of a woman’s torso, announcing the theme of yet another bold and dramatic show by the houseʼs couturier Maria Grazia Chiuri.
For Doublet's first show on the official calendar, designer Masayuki Ino, winner of the LVMH Prize in 2018, transformed an art gallery into a crazily creative restaurant, cheerfully upending fashion norms.
Men's fashion was hybrid at Sacai, rebellious and romantic at Dunhill, oscillating between past and future at Acné Studios, strength and fragility at Ludovic de Saint Sernin, and sportswear and couture at Pigalle.
Influenced by El Greco, Alejandro Gómez Palomo presented a mature show in which electronic ravers dipped into the extreme baroque codes of the brand, all in front of a backdrop taken straight out of Holy Week.
Hermès called its latest menswear collection "Radical," which it was, though subtly so with a capital "S." Véronique Nichanian stuck closely to the brand's DNA, but chose details that made a truly special collection.
It was linen – perhaps the most summery material of them all – that the designer chose as his base for a fresh and ultra-sexy winter runway, starring top model Laetitia Casta, at Paris Fashion Week Men's on Saturday.