A certain air of historicism made its way into the Paris Couture collections this season, as the Maisons took us on a journey through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Belle Epoque, Hollywood’s Golden Age as well as the 1950s.

At Chanel, history was translated through the structured cuts of the tunics and embroidered dresses –sculptural shapes that seemed to exist with or without the wearer. Apart from the ‘classic’ tweed suits in autumnal colours with fitted contemporary jackets and skir...

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