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Heavenly bodies: Haute Couture report SS 20

Sweet dreams are made of these. The week when fashion and artistic fantasies come to life - here we round up the best of Haute Couture SS 20.

Journey into the world of ikat.

Giorgio Armani looked to the world around us for his SS 20 Couture show. Colourful prints of deep bright greens, blue and fuchsia, embroidery, beading, runway worthy evening wear and a jacket for every occasion.

Monastic muses.

The Grand Palais was transformed into an undone cloister garden For Chanel’s SS 20 Couture runway, modelled on the Cistercian Abbey of Aubazine in Corrèze (the orphanage Gabrielle Chanel was sent to as a child). It was here, in the outfits of the schoolgirls and children, where Virginie Viard found her new collection inspiration - two-tone tweed, Peter Pan collars, flared tulle skirts, floral lace and black school shoes with built-in ankle socks.

What if women ruled the world?

Maria Grazia Chiuri collaborated with American artist, Judy Chicago, for her SS 20 Couture runway. Inspired by the pagan worship of goddesses, models took to the runway dripping in metallic lamé, Roman sandals, draped gowns and fluid silhouettes. Solid gold.

Say it with flowers.

Inspired by her visits to the garden rooms planted at Sissinghurst Castle and Monks House, Clare Waight Keller produced a love letter of romantic dreams for her couture SS 20 show. Architectural floral forms in vivid summer colours contrasted modern sharp tailoring in neutral tones. Classic silhouettes with an exaggerated touch, voluminous layered tulle skirts and vintage-look evening wear also made a play. Not to mention the triple extra-large wide brim hats that could house you for summer. Unne lettre d’amour.

The king of Couture bids a farewell.

After 50 years in fashion, Jean Paul Gaultier goes out with a bang (no, literally) for his SS 20 couture show. A mere 200+ looks with an all-star diverse cast, and Boy George closing the show, of course. From models dancing to the crowd cheering, it was a heartwarming love fest and honour to JPGs life and legacy. Why leave quietly?

Couture for a cause.

John Galliano upcycled, recut, reused and sourced vintage fabrications for his Couture SS 20 offering. Splashes of bright colour and creative cut-outs mixed with a DIY fusion of textures, shapes and material. Art house.

All we've ever wanted.

New beginnings for Daniel Rosebery in the house of Schiaparelli. A dreamy wonderful show for Couture SS 20. Exaggerated collars formed regal frames, luxe jewellery extending onto skin, embellishments, sparkle, splashes of colour and rich smooth textures. Each look a true masterpiece.

Old Hollywood glamour.

A somewhat paired back and more demure approach for Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino Couture SS 20 runway show. Swapping signature over-the-top voluminous gowns for fishtail skirting, costume worthy opera gloves, sensual leg splits, vintage bows and rich washed colour. Restrained? No. Evolved? Yes. The new Valentino.