In this installment of our musings on Couture Fall 2105, we want to show you some final haute couture from Paris.

We will bring you a few favorites from designers who don’t have the haute couture designation but who also presented collections in Paris during Couture week soon in a future Luxe News.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

PHOTOS BY YANNIS VLAMOS / Indigitalimages.com

A reviewer of this show for Vogue called Gaultier the “Parisian king of  kitsch, a lover of fashion theater” and this season his theatrical focus was on the northern reaches of his homeland, the Brittany coast of France and all things Gallic.  Apron skirts of the traditional Brittany costume were recreated in generous portions, Mr. Gaultier’s iconic stripes were everywhere and nautical references abounded. WE wish we could set our sights on amazing ready-to-wear pieces appearing on the horizon but alas… no more pret-a-porter from Mr. Gaultier.
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MAISON MARGIELA

PHOTOS BY YANNIS VLAMOS / Indigitalimages.com

John Galliano’s stated muse for this season was Madame le Pigeon. Inspired by 40’s street photos of fashionably dressed and made-up women who seem unconscious of any element of glamour, he penned a poem which he presented about a fading beauty whose waning memories flitted back to more glorious days. His absentminded muse might be feeding the local pigeons and stand up to find the impression of fresh wet blue paint on her coat or she might be found in a dress produced from repurposed material, a seed sack for instance though a beautifully embroidered seed sack, or perhaps she had refashioned an old lover’s pants into a top as below…  (We don’t know about you but we would rock that patchwork skirt for a lifetime or at least until all our memories faded).
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FENDI

PHOTOS BY YANNIS VLAMOS / Indigitalimages.com

Karl Lagerfeld is one busy man. He presented his first ever haute couture fourrure show for Fendi during Couture Fall 2015 this week in addition to that other little fete he put on. This was a show celebrating Lagerfeld’s 50 years designing for Fendi, yes 50 years! The show couldn’t help but be almost a retrospective of everywhere fur has gone in the past 50 years, from little old ladies in mink to fur and hide literally so technically altered as to take on the qualities of lustrous malleable fabrics.  Here are a few of the standouts.
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All that beautiful Fendi fur wraps up our musings on  haute couture  except for Valentino, a “correspondent” member.

VALENTINO

PHOTOS BY UMBERTO FRATINI / Indigitalimages.com

For reasons that are obvious when you start perusing the incredible collection, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picioli chose to present their Couture Fall 2015 collection in Rome in an vast and beautiful open air space. The presentation, coinciding with the opening of a new Valentino store, was composed almost entirely of fabulous evening wear with references to all things we historically think of when recalling ancient Rome. The beautiful oxblood red  in some of the final pieces was an homage to Mr. Valentino Garavani himself, retired founder of the house who sat front and center at the show. WE found it all fabulous!

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