Chanel – The Autumn-Winter 2017 edition of Paris couture week has seen a landmark shift in ideology, as a number of youthful ready-to-wear labels were included in the line-up as guest members, alongside mainstays like Chanel and Dior. For Chanel's extravagant set, an imitation of Paris' most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower, was constructed in the Grand Palais.
Rodarte – Among the ready-to-wear designers invited to show this season were the Belgian label A.F. Vandevorst, the Dutch designer Ronald van der Kemp, New York duo Proenza Schouler and the Los Angeles-based sisters behind Rodarte.
A.F. Vandevorst – These guest labels have brought bold, controversial ideas and materials with them. A.F. Vandevorst, for example, went full punk rock, repurposing black plastic garbage bags in their gowns, jackets and skirt.
Viktor & Rolf – While couture fashion week is a chance to indulge in spectacle, Viktor & Rolf (a long-standing guest member of couture week) continue to challenge the more sedate status quo. In their show this week models walked down the runway wearing large doll's masks, paired with Doc Martens.
Iris Van Herpen – Iris Van Herpen is known for designs that push the boundaries of fashion, technology and science. Her atelier has shown as a guest member of couture fashion week since July 2011. This year they celebrated their 10th anniversary as a brand. Though not technically couture, their designs are most certainly a far cry from what a customer might wear on the street.
Iris Van Herpen – Continuing in the extravagant and avant garde traditions of couture week, models on the Iris Van Herpen runway were accompanied by musicians playing underwater.
Dior – Haute couture is an official designation with a strict set of parameters defined by the Paris Chamber Of Commerce. There are only 15 brands with this distinction, including historic labels like the house of Dior, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.
Dior – Maria Grazia Chiuri is Dior's first female creative director. This was her second couture collection for the house. While these are still couture clothes, Chiuri is putting forward a more inclusive and approachable proposition for the modern woman.
Chanel – Chanel decided to once more look back into their heritage, with an array of boxy, classic suits and hats in their iconic tweed. Underneath their own Eiffel Tower, creative director Karl Lagerfeld was presented with La Médaille Grand Vermeil de la Ville de Paris, said to be the city's highest honor, by Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris.
Chanel – As per tradition, a wedding dress is shown as the final piece on most couture catwalks.
Fendi – Fendi is unique on the couture catwalk as they present what they term as "haute fourrure" -- collections based entirely on fur. Models like Bella Hadid, seen here on the Fendi runway, are also helping to open up the world of couture to a wider audience with their high number of social media followers.
Ralph & Russo – The grand finale at Ralph & Russo at their show during Paris Haute Couture week. They are one of the few couture houses based in London that show in the French capitol.
Maison Margiela – Whether as the creative director of Dior in the '90s or now at Maison Margiela, John Galliano has always presented intricate and avant garde looks at couture week.