Nina's Couture Diary

A look back on Paris' most exclusive Fashion Week with Marie Claire Creative Director Nina Garcia.

A look back on Paris' most exclusive Fashion Week with Marie Claire Creative Director Nina Garcia.
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"Richard Majchrzak/Studio D"
Haute Couture Highlights
Despite major venue changes and the shuffling of designers, the whole haute couture experience is still as breathtaking and inspiring now as it was when I attended my first show back in 2000. This past July, Chanel Haute Couture's Karl Lagerfeld whisked us away to a postapocalyptic utopia inside the Grand Palais that was staged like a theater in ruins. (Think Cinema Paradiso meets The Walking Dead.) Valentino Haute Couture, at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, and Armani Privé, at the Palais de Chaillot, were more intimate. Taking in all the details, I realized that over the years, couture has become more about the micro than the macro. It's the ornate embellishments and the whimsical headpieces that catch your attention — and the "likes" on Instagram and retweets on Twitter. Here, a look at this season's highlights.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
One of the looks at Christophe Josse about to be worn.
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"Courtesy of the Designer"
The Bridge of Lagerfeld
Erin Wasson closed the Chanel Haute Couture show in an elegant button-down coatdress with a silk tulle train.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Two models backstage at Stephane Rolland.
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"Devon Jarvis/Studio D"
Haute Couture Highlights
Price upon request, Dior Haute Couture; (800) 929-DIOR for special order.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Makeup moment at Stephane Rolland.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Outside the Chanel show back entrance.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Candid at Zuhair Murad.
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"Courtesy of the Designer"
Show of Hands
Who needs nail art when you can wear Chanel Haute Couture fingertip rings?
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Candid moment with Simone Carvalho at Stephane Rolland.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Just stepped off the runway at Alexandre Vauthier.
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"Courtesy of the Designer"
Dream Sequins
The workmanship on each Chanel Haute Couture look was a reminder of all the petites mains (small hands) behind the scenes.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Makeup at Christophe Josse.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Stephane Rolland inspecting look before it hits the runway.
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"Courtesy of the Designer"
Behind-the-Scenes
Lindsey Wixson backstage at Chanel Haute Couture.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
About to line up for a run-through at Zuhair Murad.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Silhouette on runway.
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"Jason Lloyd-Evans"
Head Case
The tiaras at Giambattista Valli Haute Couture were crafted by jewelry designer and longtime collaborator Luigi Scialanga.

TIARA price upon request, Luigi Scialanga for Giambattista Valli Haute Couture at Bergdorf Goodman; (212) 753-7300 for special order.

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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Line up details at Christophe Josse.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Lindsey Wixson in her finale gown for Alexandre Vauthier.
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"Jason Lloyd-Evans"
J'Adore Dior
Raf Simons has a way with color and texture unlike any other designer of his time.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Reflections at Elie Saab.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Seating before show time Zuhair Murad.
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"Courtesy of the Designer"
Wonder Wall
Valentino Haute Couture designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were inspired by the idea of the wunderkammer, or "wonder room."
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Yumi Lambert and Antonina Vasylchenko before Dior show.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Off the runway first look at Stephane Rolland.
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"Courtesy of the Designer"
Haute Couture Highlights
Price upon request, Van Cleef & Arpels; (877) VAN-CLEEF.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Stretching out before Stephane Rolland show.
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"Jason Lloyd-Evans"
Two and Two
The embroidery on these Valentino Haute Couture looks depicts the "cabinet of curiosities," in which every object belongs to natural history.
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Kathryn Wirsing
Haute Couture Highlights
Jac and Hanne Gaby Odiele in their first looks before Alexandre Vauthier.
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