The Best of Fall 2024 Couture in Paris

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See All the Best Looks of Fall 2024 CoutureCollage by Olivia Alchek

This season’s couture shows in Paris brought a jolt of energy to fashion’s oldest artistic showcase. There were new approaches to classic elements of couture, like more playful embroidery and complex, sculptural draping. Several collections incorporated elements of sportswear and streetwear, which, in many cases, was a nod to the Olympic games that will kick off in the city on July 26th.

At Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri did just that with Grecian jersey dresses and embroidered bodysuits. Meanwhile, Demna offered a couture take on hoodies, t-shirts, tracksuits, and denim at Balenciaga. On the eve of his 90th birthday, Giorgio Armani went all in on elegance in a pearl-themed collection that included beautiful tailoring and velvet. Daniel Roseberry’s collection for Schiaparelli was titled "The Phoenix," which featured an opening look with wing-shaped shoulders adorned with 3-D chrome embroidery. There were feats of construction with muslin draping and layering at Thom Browne. Nicolas Di Felice, who is the Creative Director of Courrèges, presented his fall couture collection as the season's guest designer for Jean Paul Gaultier. And Chanel’s interim in-house team following the departure of Virginie Viard designed pieces that included dramatic taffeta capes and hair bows.

Below, here are my favorite looks from the top 7 shows of the week.

Schiaparelli Fall 2024 Couture

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Elsa Schiaparelli’s gift for rebirth and form were honored in the collection with velvet, feathers, and organza spikes, as well as body-hugging bustiers.

Balenciaga Fall 2024 Couture

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For the brand's 53rd couture collection, Demna paid tribute to subcultural dress codes as well as the design signatures of the house's founder Cristobal Balenciaga.

Chanel Fall 2024 Couture

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Shown at the Palais Garnier in Paris, the collection was presented by the Fashion Creation Studio and included rich tweeds and beautiful embroideries.

Dior Fall 2024 Couture

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With the Olympic games coming to Paris, Maria Grazia Chiuri paid tribute to athletes with silhouettes celebrating the human form in all its glory.

Armani Privé Fall 2024 Couture

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Giorgio Armani’s pearl-themed collection featured a beautiful lineup of evening suiting and embroidered dresses.

Thom Browne Fall 2024 Couture

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Thom Browne's collection was about construction using muslin fabric, which is typically only used when crafting a garments' starting form.

Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2024 Couture

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Guest designer Nicolas Di Felice showed a sharp, minimalistic interpretation of Gaultier's signature hot, body-conscious dresses, coats, and long skirts.

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