Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo tipped their hat to the marquee photographers — Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson — who capture the kind of glamour their clients seek when comes time for the red carpet.
It was all about catching the right light, and moving in the right way. Among front-row guests were Zendaya, Chopard co-president Caroline Scheufele, photographer Ellen von Unwerth and actress Michelle Rodriguez. While the show opened with the relative restraint of a white silk crêpe kimono jacket and matching trousers, and a draped skirtsuit, both lightly embroidered, the 57-look procession quickly moved on to cocktail hour and beyond.
The clothes were best when cut close to the female form and scattered with moderate embellishments. A rose gold lace dress with swinging foil fringes and devoré feathers; a black tulle gown with sequined ruffles, or a chain-mail gown in midnight blue with a feathered tulle overlay were among those.
Simpler looks were a metallic tweed suit and a black draped floor-length number, its plunging, embroidered neckline giving the illusion of jewels on the skin.
For the dramatic finale, the bride — Indian actress Sonam Kapoor — drifted down the runway wearing a body-skimming Chantilly lace gown with a double duchess overskirt, a dazzling headpiece holding a cascade of embroidered tulle.
More From Paris Haute Couture Week Fall 2017:
Backstage at Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2017: Val Garland and James Pecis created the beauty look of the show.
Backstage at Christian Dior Couture Fall 2017: Peter Philips and Guido Palau fashioned the beauty look of the show.
Atelier Versace Couture Fall 2017: The collection blended Baroque references and rock ‘n’ roll — with a soupçon of 3-D printing.
Iris Van Herpen Couture Fall 2017: For her 10th anniversary show, the designer sent out aquatic-themed creations to a performance by underwater group Between Music.
Paris Couture Gains Extra Day as Confidence Returns: France’s Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture has welcomed five brands as guest members on this season’s schedule.
Couture Week Tells Its Stories on Instagram: The French fashion federation reiterates its social initiatives with a cadre of 11 influent guest posters capturing the mood of a week of couture shenanigans.