Paris Haute Couture Week enchants the audience with romantic statement evening wear.

This season many of the fashion houses went one mystical step further and included glamorous outfits to be worn during the day. Here are a few magical outfits for a day at the autumn/winter races.

Yanina Couture

Inspiration is taken from the love of traditional Russian costume mixed with the love of French chic.

This collection is like a kaleidoscope of eras mixing the Peters’ times, the Revolution, Katherine the Great, young Komsomols, modest peasant women, and the one thing that unites Russian beauties of all times – the desire to dress up no matter what.

Traditional for peasants’ wardrobe is the sheepskin. Here they are elevated to the chic level with embroidery inspired by the traditional Russian patterns.

The house used a variety of techniques – hand-embroidered simple peasants’ patterns, patchwork, leather lace, and lastly sculptural and volumetric embroidery of baroque patterns.

Maria Aristidou

Titled ‘Serendipity’ – the inspiration was an overjoyed rollercoaster with its highs and lows bringing by chance a fortunate stroke of events.

The geometric pattern (pointing positively upwards) with embroidery embellishments captures the romantic side of a woman and the power of the universe!

 This collection of luxurious knit couture is a timeless classic with a modern twist.

Photograph credit: www.imaxtree.com

Rani Zakhem

‘A Warrior Goddess in her Crystal Armour’ this collection is a vibrant and sparkling tribute to the combative woman, the ‘GlamAzonian’ of all jungles.

Camouflage spirit dominates with shades of khaki on a V-neck Spencer jacket and sharp cigarette pants.

The camouflage print also appears as embossed embroidery. Glittering emerald, bronze and gold on a pencil skirt whilst gold, iridescent crystal and silver, wrap the waist of a white silk crepe dress slit on the bias.

Another recurring motif is the oversized military insignia, which adorn sleeves as giant gold glittering embroidered chevrons.

Photograph credit: www.imaxtree.com

Patrick Pham

Titled the 4 Seasons, the collection includes a wardrobe made of sophisticated suits perfect for the races.

Colour palette is inspired by Vietnam and Patrick Pham’s childhood – pale pink as a lotus flower, blue of the dawn sky in summer, red chilli and green of the rice-fields.

Embellishments are handmade embroideries and pearls on silk, cashmere, lace, velvet or tulle.

Karen Grace studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is a registered affiliate member of the Federation of Image Professionals International.

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