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Couture week just wrapped up in Paris, and boy it was not a disappointment. I love looking at couture garments on the runway, because they are so excessive and over the top. It is so amazing how much detail and beautiful construction goes into these styles, and how only very few women can actually afford to wear them (maybe one day I will). I have narrowed down some of my favorite looks from Paris couture week, check them out for some great inspiration.

Some people may consider couture more of a circus show than fashion with all the crazy styles and wacky accessories. But that is what I like most about it. I like to take in, and get inspired by the over-the-top design details and then scale them down to a place where I can incorporate them into my new designs and sewing projects.

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

This gown walked down the runway at the Valentino show. Overall I spotted many “branch” details in these shows, and I’m kind of liking it! I really like the sheer overlay over the simple tube gown.

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Jean Paul Gaulitier utilized this “quilted” technique in many of his garments. I’m not totally into this concept, but I am for sure in love with those leopard tights and matching shoes!


Designer Zuhair Murad (Kristen Stewart’s current favorite designer) has many of these skin tight bedazzled gowns and jumpsuits. I really love this one in royal blue, and if you look closely you can see that branch pattern on the sheer sleeves.

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

I just love this image of Karl Lagerfeld and a model sporting one of his gorgeous gowns. Another thing I love about fashion shows is the runway scenes. Just look at the wood and rocks, it is a total contrast to the extravagant garments. The gown she is wearing is so classic, and would be easy to replicate the features in it.


There is something about these jeweled face masks from Maison Martin Margiela that I really like…maybe because they are so weird. Another thing I love about this design is the tapestry scarf/top, super granny chic!


Alexandre Vauthier designed this garment that I am in love with! Imagine wearing this to the beach? You would for sure stand out in this sheer coverup with asymmetrical gathers. I think this might be my ultimate favorite look from the week, and I can see why Jennifer Lopez gets a lot of her clothes from this designer.

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Here we have another look from Jean Paul Gaultier (and my favorite leopard tights). Now THIS is how I want to dress in winter, just how chic is this?

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

I noticed many styles from various shows that were late 19th Century themed. I really enjoyed these garments from the outdoor Frank Sorbier show.

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

This was another of my favorite looks from the week. I just love the bustier half dress worn with trousers, and that hot pink color is stunning. This look is from the Christian Dior show. I can really see this style translating into everyday wear.


This is a beautifully tailored look by Stephane Rolland. The blazer mixed with the sequins gives an androgynous vibe to the look, and I am totally digging it!


To finish it off here are some runway looks from the Yiqing Yin show. Notice the red branch pattern again? I love the fabrics used here, nice metallic bouclés with Baroque styling.

Here I have pulled together some sewing patterns that somewhat represent the trends spotted in Paris. Everything from sheer overlays to slouchy trousers. The one trend I am definitely going to take away with me is leopard accessories and sewing with glitter and sequin fabrics. You can apply couture sewing techniques to all your existing sewing projects. Try hand sewing on some jewels, or even hand finishing hems.

From left to right: Chiffon Dress, Stretch Sequin Dress, Bustier Dress, Leopard Print Pants

How do you like most about couture fashion? Which was your favorite look from the runway?

Happy Sewing!


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    Mar 24, 2014, 07.23 AMby maggiemc

    Wow, you are so right! Amazing designs. I feel in love over the Valentino Gown with the branch details.

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    Jul 18, 2013, 08.49 AMby fashionfreek

    Wow how exciting. I just love the pieces.

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    Jul 15, 2013, 09.49 PMby missjackieo

    Something really significant is shifting in fashion just now , and isn’t fashion always a reflection of contemporary society ,referencing politics , social change , everything . Truly fascinating blog post .

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    Jul 12, 2013, 06.09 PMby MandieW

    LOVE the pink peplum. The Versace show was my favorite for sure.

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    Jul 12, 2013, 04.10 PMby Madeleine Mistral

    Zuhair Murad, Chanel, and Valentino are my favorite! I’m definitely not into the leopard/animal prints at all. Jean Gaultier’s pieces just scare me. However great fashion shows, very inspiring and really some very beautiful pieces! Should get started soon!

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    Jul 12, 2013, 11.42 AMby Deanna31

    I love the first dress that comes up on the Zuhair Murad 2013 Autumn haute couture range. The lines of the dress are so pretty. I think it would be incredibly fun to wear. (however not see-through)


    I love the branches theme too

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    Jul 11, 2013, 09.54 PMby Saeriu

    Some of those outfits look fitting for the Hunger Games…at the Capital. Interesting pieces.

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      Jul 12, 2013, 12.22 AMby MegH

      So true!

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    Jul 11, 2013, 07.36 PMby BeeZee

    Goodness, the dogs in the the outdoor Frank Sorbier show look terribly thin! Otherwise some amazing fashions!

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      Jul 12, 2013, 02.57 AMby tessi

      I’m not sure of that particular breed, but I believe they are sight hounds – the same family as grey hounds…..they are normally thin – ribs showing, long, lean, rangy – sight hounds should not be fleshed out…..it is not healthy. On the other hand there are several humans in this show who are definitely too thin!

      I love a lot of the fashions……..the detail that is referred to as “branches” also makes me think of coral………..

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    Jul 11, 2013, 07.30 PMby nouvellegamine

    I love the Valentino branch dress. The quilted Gaultier is really fun in a futuristic 40s/70s way. It does look a little “The Wiz/Starlight Express,” but I love kooky design.

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      Jul 12, 2013, 12.23 AMby MegH

      I love that branch dress as well. And you are totally right, very Wiz, and I love it! haha

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    Jul 11, 2013, 05.46 PMby Maureen Kubisz

    I really enjoyed the Gaultier fashions. He always presents something fresh. I saved this picture of his black cape to serve as inspiration for a lining choice for the black cape that I will sew soon

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      Jul 11, 2013, 05.54 PMby MegH

      Awesome! Yes I love all Gaultier pieces, very unique in style.

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