The couture shows are done and dusted, and Paris Fashion Week has come to a close.
It was an eventful one: Jean-Paul Gaultier held a triumphant celebration of his 50-year fashion career for his final runway show, days after Balenciaga announced that it would return to couture next season for the first time since 1968.
None of that overshadowed the imaginative collections unveiled by Paris’s finest couture maisons, though. Across the shows, there was a fascination of the divine (see Dior’s Greek goddesses), an eco-minded interest in upcycling (Maison Margiela, Viktor & Rolf) and an appreciation of nature in all its beauty (Chanel, Givenchy, Iris van Herpen).
Scroll through the gallery to see the most beautiful, out-of-this-world couture designs that graced this year’s Paris Fashion Week.