Paris might be home to a legacy of traditional Haute Couture masters, but it appears that, lately, the city has become aware of its experimental, cutting-edge potential (If London had its own couture week, these might be its budding stars).
Here are six designers that would make Coco Chanel a tad restless.
Iris Van Herpen Emmanuelle Alt, Stefano Tonchi and Babette Djian filled the science-fiend designer's front row as she presented her latest 3D-printed and artisanally-assembled collection. Dedicated to recreating nature (water falls, electricity) on clothes, it is hardly surprising that Bjork and Grimes are fans.
Bouchra Jarrar Since leaving Balenciaga to start her own label, Bouchra has developed a unique military meets fragile femininity – think harnesses on silk for a Night Porter look.
Didit Hediprasetyo The Indonesian born designer creates urban silhouettes that mix Grecian goddess chic, soft jersey, bomber jackets and traditional Japanese lacquered wood sandals. A firm believer that true elegance should be about mastering minimalism, he finds resonance amongst bling-free crowds.
Yiqin Yin Surrealist with gothic undertones, Chinese designer Yiqin Yin’s designs play on a contrast of opulent and raw materials, mixing fox fur piecings with strings of wool, for a result a wee dystopian.
Rad Hourani The Canadian born designer applied his trademark unisex ready-to-wear to haute couture: a master of pleats and folds, he threw in plenty of ankle heeled boots and intricate layers
Christophe Josse Nostalgic for the Victorian era as well as the 60s, Josse pairs those elements with sportswear references, embellishing classic silhouettes with discreet yet luxurious materials. Think rich furs on simple shift dresses for a timeless gamine look.