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Paris Haute Couture Week autumn/winter 2013/14: day three

Our third day takes us to the alternative fashion house Maison Martin Margiela and to Elie Saab, master of the red carpet gown, before a final show from ballgown maestro Valentino

Marina Nelson,

Maison Martin Margiela

After a stellar menswear show last week, Maison Martin Margiela ramped up the unconventional factor with an eclectic collection that fused floral patterns, ethnic prints, vinyl colour blocking, leather – and models with no faces.

Each wore a patterned mask, ensuring all eyes were focused on the collection. Oversized, shiny leather coats were teamed with shiny rolled-up leather trousers and knee-high boots.

The surprise in the collection came from a simple pair of denim jeans accessorised with flamboyant, vibrant florals.

A-line floral jacket dresses proved popular, before the collection closed with opulent, gold-sequined printed bathrobes.

‏@TheSTStyle tweeted: Vintage dresses, reclaimed reworked, restyled at #Margiela couture



Elie Saab
The king of red carpet gowns pulled off another fashion coup for the new season with a varied collection of colour-block dresses.

Floor-length gowns were highlighted with soft sequins and arrived in deep red, shimmering ivory, navy blue, emerald green and soft silver.

‏@FabulousFarzana tweeted: No one quite does it like the Lebanese #ElieSaab #Paris #beautiful #dovegreygown

 Necklines varied from plunging to chic one-shouldered styles, while cover-up dresses softened the collection. These pieces are sure to be seen at all the most glamorous red-carpet events.

@shadenatty tweeted: The new Elie Saab collection is just woah ♥



Our last show of Paris Haute Couture Week took us to Valentino, who went back in time with an art deco style collection full of opulent gold, rich embroidery, rustic copper – and the house’s signature lace fabric, reworked into a new look.

@Grazia_Live tweeted: Amazing lace. And grace #valentino #couture

Modern, checked prints also made an appearance. Blazer-style floor-length caped coats were introduced in a deep, berry-red pattern, while looser, cut-out, patterned styles were crafted in black with a nude underlay.

As a nod to modern times, Valentino reworked modern geometric and paisley prints with lace and sequins, showing the house’s signature lace remains very much relevant. 

@TeleFashion tweeted: Oh my, that @MaisonValentino collection really was something



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