From skydiving models to meme fashion, everything you missed from Paris Haute Couture Week

Chanel's Haute Couture fashion show

Chanel’s Haute Couture fashion show

Paris Haute Couture Week felt like a sea change. After over a year of the fashion industry being blighted by Covid most of the shows were held in person, and it was almost like a return to normality.

Couture promises escapism. The outfits are extremely expensive, one of a kind, and you have to be invited by the Chambre Syndicale to present a collection. It’s not really an opportunity for fashion houses to set trends or show us what we might be wearing this season, but rather a chance to go all-out in design and creativity.

With extreme fashion, famous models and quirky beauty choices, this couture week had it all…

Sky-high hair at Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli brought Sixties-inspired absurdism into its beauty looks, with models wearing comically high beehives. As for the collection itself, it’s everything we’ve come to expect from the Italian

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Highlights from the Paris Fashion Week menswear shows

Written by Ananda Pellerin, CNN

This story was produced as part of CNN Style’s partnership with Paris Fashion Week. See more coverage from the events throughout the year here.

Dressed in a Hawaiian-style Valentino shirt, “Schitt’s Creek” co-creator Dan Levy kicked off Paris Fashion Week Menswear via video from LA on Tuesday last week. Calling himself a “lifelong fan of fashion,” Levy recounted how his own experiences of costuming the characters for his hit show — including the high-concept looks he donned as David Rose — had given him even more respect for the role that clothes play in people’s lives. “A well-constructed garment can help you stand a little taller, carry yourself with a little more confidence, and express who you are without ever having to say a word,” he said.

Dan Levy speaking at the virtual opeing of the Paris Fashion Week menswear shows.

Dan Levy speaking at the virtual opeing of the Paris Fashion Week menswear shows. Credit: Courtesy of

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Paris, NYC, and London Fashion Girls Told Me the 2021 Trends They’re Excited For

I often turn to stylish fashion insiders to get their insights on what they have their eye on at the moment—from the runway trends that are catching their attention to the exact items landing in their shopping carts. Thinking ahead to spring, I reached out to some fashion people in Paris, NYC, and London (a few of my favorite cities for cool style) and asked them to share which 2021 trends their most excited about for the upcoming season.

From barely there “naked dresses” and corset tops to fresh ideas for styling denim and the bold colors they’ll be swapping in for neutrals, there’s no shortage of fashion inspiration to borrow from them in the coming months. While their takes on popular fashion trends ahead in 2021 were across the style spectrum, there was one common theme: a general sense of optimism for where fashion is headed.

Paris Girls

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Paris Fashion Week SS21 Couture: The Best Looks From Chanel & More

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It’s safe to say Fashion Month will never be the same again—and I’m not going to lie, I really hate that for me. I love attending the shows and seeing all my fashionable friends line up outside for street style photos, but now that almost everything has gone digital and shows are small and socially-distanced, I’ll have to settle for catching the highlight reel online. Fortunately, the Paris Fashion Week SS21 Couture shows have been so good, I can hardly complain.

If you recall, I wasn’t exactly thrilled about the Paris Fashion Week SS21 shows, so I didn’t expect to be wowed by the couture shows, either. Call me a pessimist! I remember writing that it felt as though iconic brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel were losing touch with what made them popular in the first place, lost in a sea of trends they

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