Our Favorite Moments From The Paris Haute Couture Shows

The best fashion and beauty from couture week

It’s that time of the year again! Just weeks before Fall 2018 NYFW kicks off Fashion Month and immediately following the showing of Paris’ Fall 2018 menswear collections (and other global Fashion Weeks and everyone dropping their Pre-Fall 2018 collections) come the Spring 2018 Haute Couture shows. We know, we know, it’s a lot to keep up with.

Since some of the most magical and captivating collections are shown during Paris Haute Couture, perusing the gorgeous photos is the best way to get us in the Fashion Week spirit while we’re gearing up for the New York shows to begin.

Though undoubtedly more aspirational than practical or functional, these shows serve as the ultimate inspiration for our spring wardrobe dreams. After all, what more could we want out of the season than bejeweled veils, futuristic fairy-tale dresses, and smartphone-sensitive trench coats?

Below, check out our favorite highlights from this week’s Haute Couture runways.

Unsurprisingly, Chanel was as extravagant as ever, with each veiled model ready for a chic garden party or a chic garden... funeral.

From pop art-inspired prints to geometric eye masks, the latest from Maria Grazia Chiuri for Christian Dior is a surrealist dream.

While we certainly appreciate an excess of ruffles and chartreuse tulle, we also think these mod, textured mini dresses at Giambattista Valli are where it’s at.

Iris Van Herpen not only served us total space age alien vibes, but her show also featured one of our current favorite beauty trends: the under-eye eye.

For Maison Margiela’s latest couture collection, John Galliano brought technology to the runway. Using prismatic fabrics, seemingly simple coats and dresses were instantly transformed with the click of a smartphone camera. And, as always, the makeup was out of this world—but what else would you expect from Pat McGrath?

Viktor & Rolf was chock-full of eye makeup inspiration. Why wear a typical cat eye when you can try a square or an X, à la makeup artist Peter Philips?

We’re swooning over the pops of color at Valentino, whether in the form of a neon lid or a bold accent.

There was no shortage of mod magic at Jean Paul Gaultier, from graphic eyes and sculptural hair to geometric accessories of all sorts.

Alexandre Vauthier’s silk draped coats are a dream, but what we’re really eyeing is the designer’s new futuristic-yet-‘80s eyewear collab with Alain Mikli.