Known for opulence, glamour, and boundary-pushing style, Paris Couture Fashion week is always a stunning event. From July 1 to the 5th, Paris Haute Couture was alive throughout the city of lights. From fantasy-inducing frothy ballgowns to old-school Hollywood inspired looks, the runways were filled with dreamy visions, all designed and hand-made by fashion’s greats.

Givenchy’s lead designer, Clare Waight Keller, drew upon the long history of the fashion house’s work for the 42-look collection. Mainly inspired by the late Hubert de Givenchy, the collection features dramatic capes, shimmering fabrics, and the classic silhouettes the brand has become known for. As always, each Givenchy piece was impeccably fitted and will influence many ready-to-wear pieces for the next few seasons.

Dior brought subtle shades, simple details, and beautiful silhouettes to their runway with over 60 pieces. Lead designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, wanted to emphasize the beauty of the women and creators instead of building flashy, over-the-top couture looks. Each dress was incredibly tailored, and left the viewers thinking about sublime simplicity.

Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld created a collection dedicated to the city of Paris. With sculpted necklines, beading, and moody colors, these looks were romantic and decadent. Even the runway was an ode to Paris, with art sellers, cafe tables, and more.

Zuhair Murad emphasized shockingly intricate bead work and tailoring by designing a collection inspired by military garb. Complete with piping, velvet coats, and gold embroidery, each piece was a breathtaking work of art created solely by hand.

Bertrand Guyon of Schiaparelli created a beautiful strangeness for modern life. Sheer fabrics, nature motifs, and floral bouquets emphasized the looks.

Per usual, Valentino ended the show with dramatic, exquisite ballgowns. Each massive piece filled the space with bright color and luxurious fabrics. The soft ostrich pink gown worn by Kaia Gerber was a show-stopper.

All photos courtesy of Elle.