Chanel, Alexis Mabille, Giorgio Armani and Alexandre Vauthier all showed their Autumn/Winter 2018 haute couture collections last week in Paris. Once again there was unbridled femininity at the forefront of fashion, with fluid dresses setting movement free and – despite the refined mood of most silhouettes – a handful of details inspired by the sportswear world.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from these brands at Paris Haute Couture week. – AFP Relaxnews

Giorgio Armani 

From cuts and colours to fabrics, everything about the Giorgio Armani show was elegant, refined and highly feminine.

Chanel

Shades of gray and slits – on skirts and sleeves – stole the show at Chanel, amid a set evoking the Institut de France, home to the Academie Francaise.

Alexis Mabille

Alexis Mabille brought a breath of fresh air to haute couture week as models breezed down the runway in gowns in a variety of bright colours, channeling sensuality and sophistication.

Julien Fournie

Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock inspired Julien Fournie’s ‘Premier Crime’ collection, which brought draping and asymmetrical lines to the runway with silhouettes revealing little in the way of flesh.

Ulyana Sergeenko

Ulyana Sergeenko channeled a fresh, understated femininity and a confident feeling of freedom, with silhouettes that seemed to span the moments in a woman’s day.

Alexandre Vauthier

Alexandre Vauthier showed an elegant and sensual collection with lots of short dresses and slits, as well as animal-print creations for a bolder look.

Xuan

Volumes, frills and pastel shades were popular on the Xuan runway, with a timeless collection of the utmost lightness.