The Five Best Shows at the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Show Jul 12, 2017 by Taylor (Day Styles)

Designers, couturiers, and stars flocked to Paris to attend the show-stopping Haute Fashion Week in Paris. It was held in 16th Century cloister of the Port-Royal Abbey, now a hospital, and kicked off on July 2nd. Some shows stood out and presented fashion as high art with a fun twist.

1. The Christian Dior Show

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Christian Dior is one of the world's biggest and most famous fashion houses, and it definitely met viewers and buyers expectations this year. The collection was presented by talented Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri. Not surprising was the theme inspiration, majorly based on maps, exploration, and travel. The designs were not that international or cosmopolitan but very French, with Dior gray predominating. Canadian songstress, Celine Dion, brought her A-game to the show. Bella Hadid and Jennifer Lawrence were among the models displaying sheer tulle gowns that are fast becoming Chiuri's signature.

2. The Rodarte Show

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Being just a newcomer, the collection took bloom in Paris. The show took place in Cloitre Port Royal Gardens, presented by writers and directors, Kate and Laure Mulleavy. The collection majored on ruffles, dots and bright prints. Low-rise leather pants, crop tops, and bow belts were displayed by the models. Colors, feathers and embellished dressed were the new thing to note at this show. The show was inspired by Robert Altman's Avante Garde film "3 Women." The couturiers did what they do best and created unique, creative, and glamorous pieces.

3. The Miu Miu Show

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Miuccia Prada displayed all kinds of beauty at her prestigious show. Her sublime models were of different races and backgrounds. Simply, she had it all. The designs hearkened to the 1940s, displaying skimpy short dresses and lingerie slips. It was no surprise when huge sunglasses were used to accessorize the look. The collection went against all historic odds and the crisis that women everywhere are currently facing. There was no better way to describe this show other than Prada's own words, "It's about the madness of glamor, in front of an uncertain future." Indeed, she did glam it out with beautiful models that represented an uncertain and changing fashion world.

4. The Proenza Schouler Show

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The designers for this slick collection, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, showcased a few years of hard work with a whole lot of hip factor. Their ready-to-wear designs started off with ruffles across skirts. The whole collection leaned toward cocktail hour. The duo brought forward compelling designs by pairing strong-shouldered elongated jackets and several floral jacquard coats with flaring lace trousers. Clearly, it was not that much of a risk for the designers to turn down New York Fashion Week in favor of Paris as the show was a success.

5. The Peter Dundas Show

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The man behind Beyonce's unforgettable costumes launched an amazing brand this week. Naming his collection "A labor of love," he threw in a seductive feeling for women at the show. He introduced his nieces Noor and Iris who helped him line up extroverted items such as sequinned concert tees and naked dresses. The pink fox robe coat with satin embroidered with flowers was one of the neck-turning looks that were well received and appreciated. The designer went against all stereotypes of launching a brand this season and impressed Paris with his collection.

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