7 Fall Couture Runway Trends That Have Us Swooning

The best looks from the catwalks of Paris

Courtesy of Giambattista Valli

Unlike the semiannual fashion weeks that take place in February and September, Couture Week is all about fantasy. More like works of art than clothes for real life, couture collections highlight designers’ creativity, push the envelope in terms of innovation, and bask in the spotlight for one-of-a-kind designs that often don’t even make it to the production stage. Outrageous silhouettes, unexpected fabrics, and trains for days make up for the less-than-practical wear and provide the foundation for one aspirational and dreamy showcase that you don’t want to miss.

This season, couture designers had a little more fun than usual, infiltrating the usual slew of breathtakingly beautiful and elevated gowns with surprisingly wearable looks. Think: not your father’s pantsuits, relaxed fits, and colorways that went beyond metallics. Signaling the return of the age of opulence, gilded fabrics, oversized details, and over-the-top silhouettes sauntered down the runways, adding glamour to this already-extravagant affair.

See our favorite fashion trends from Paris 2016 Couture Week in the gallery below.