Designers show latest luxury creations at Paris haute couture

Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:03pm EST
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By Hortense de Roffignac

PARIS (Reuters) - With smart outfits and sweeping evening gowns, designers showcase their luxury creations at the Paris haute couture fashion shows this week.

From France's Chanel to Italy's Versace, more than 20 fashion houses will show their spring-summer 2016 haute couture collections, their target some of the world's wealthiest women.

On Monday, Dior presented its first haute couture show since designer Raf Simons left in October, with a collection put together by the brand's inhouse team and described as being for the rushing modern woman.

Referring to founding designer Christian Dior, who the brand said was "a superstitious man with absolute faith in his lucky star", the collection was full of symbols and lucky charms on clothes or necklaces.

The show began with shoulder-baring designs and soon evolved into outfits made of contrasting cuts and textures, rich in embroidery on tops, skirts as well as transparent chiffon dresses. Dior's trademark bar jacket was given a masculine look while coat versions showed off shoulders.

The label has yet to announce a successor to Simons, who left after some three years to develop his own label.

"Dior is a permanently moving house ... There has never been a standstill, it's a permanently moving train and from one designer to the other, we can even see some acceleration," Chief Executive Sidney Toledano told Reuters.

"So I am pretty confident about the future."   Continued...

A model presents a creation by Italian designer Donatella Versace as part of her Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show for Atelier Versace in Paris January 24, 2016.   Picture takien January 24, 2016.    REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File