Feast your eyes on the best fall 2023 couture looks from the Parisian runways!
While some may object to the presence of candy corn in the aisles of their local grocery store – I revel in the thought that we’re charging towards fall.
Fall. Autumn. Whatever you may call it – we collectively agree it is the finest season of them all. And in addition of the gorgeous landscapes, crisp temperatures and surplus of all things apple spice… it’s also a season that’s particularly wonderful on the fashion front.
And while the haute couture runways don’t necessarily offer the most realistic and budget-friendly options…. they do offer beautiful tones, textures and design details to sartorially inspire our wardrobes.
BEST FALL 2023 COUTURE LOOKS
If Google and Pinterest analytics are correct, I can also report that the high fashion runways’ July offerings are everyone’s favorite to review. Present company included!
And with that in mind there was no way to resist gathering a collection of the best Fall 2023 couture looks that immediately grabbed attention in Paris and hopefully find their way to a red carpet or gala soon.
The F/W haute couture lineup features heavyweight favorites like Chanel, Schiaparelli and Armani Privé. But in truth, it was the newcomers and original labels that kept the bar high with several of the best Fall 2023 couture looks.
WHAT DOES HAUTE COUTURE MEAN
Before reviewing the best Fall 2023 couture looks below… let’s first refresh our memories on what the criteria is for haute couture. Couture is a very specific form of design with rules in place that aren’t required in the ready-to-wear arena.
To appropriately label designs as haute couture – designers must meet the following:
- Design made-to-order clothing for private clients with one or more fittings
- An atelier with at minimum fifteen full-time garment workers
- Additionally, they must employ no less than twenty technical workers
- Present a collection of no less than fifty looks — including both daytime and evening wear.
With that in mind… peruse standout looks from another fantastic season…
BALENCIAGA CERULEAN BLUE SUIT
A round of applause for the shoulders.
Perhaps it’s having just finished a biography on her life or perhaps it’s because we crave high glamour after a never-ending era of sheer designs. Either way – this fuchsia gown is stunning and Marilyn Monroe would agree!
BALENCIAGA LOOK 57
As we all cling to looks that sparkle – Demna’s dazzling evening gown is bejeweled elegance at its finest.
Since Demna took the reins at Balenciaga we’ve seen a steady supply of dramatic black numbers! But this gorgeous textured column gown rises above the rest as one of the best fall 2023 couture looks and one we hopefully will see have a major red carpet moment in the future.
A cocktail option that’s all business on the top – and ready to party on the bottom.
Season after season, Alexis Mabille continues to impress and so it’s not surprise to see them among the Best Fall 2023 couture looks. We need to start a campaign for some major Cannes Film Festival appearances next May.
A tiered midi dress above tailored pants with rose embellishments at the neckline.
The Armani Privé collection was filled with a fantastic array of red gowns — making it hard to whittle down a favorite. That’s why you’ll see three among the best Fall 2023 couture looks.
It still crushes the heart that Alber Elbaz time was cut so short at AZ Factory the label continues to keep his spirit alive — and his ability to make a seriously great dress!
The Greek designer’s F/W 23 collection was entitled “Lights, Camera — Sizzle!” and she certainly stayed true to her word.
Italy’s Grimaldi embraced color and futuristic silhouettes.
What Chanel’s finale bridal look will be is one of the most beloved traditions of couture week and for Fall/Winter 2023? Virginie Viard was serving chic romance.
A gown that has visions of Downton Abbey‘s Lady Mary going luxe suddenly fill my head.
Elie Saab is Golden
Iris Van Herpen
Iris Van Herpen
Jean Paul Gaultier
As the signature house moves continues the legacy of Jean Paul Gaultier, seasonally other designers are invited to create a haute couture collection for the label. The July 2023 collection was designed by Paco Rabanne’s Julien Doessena.
Jean Paul Gaultier
A creative spin on business casual.
Julie de Libran
Before branching out on her own, Julie de Libran has an impressive resumé that includes some of the most notable brands in the industry. She’s worked at Louis Vuitton, Prada and Versace — and proudly served as artistic director of Sonia Rykiel.
At her namesake label, she proved that with black — you’ll never run out of options and two of her creations find are among the best Fall 2023 couture looks.
Julie de Libran
A flirtier option that again proves black is never dull.
A cerulean blue gown with a silver cape? Miranda Priestly would not object.
May we please FedEx this to Cate Blanchett?
As a devout fan of purple, I do not object.
Rami Al Ali
Presenting a softer, blush tone palette for autumn feels fresh and wistful!
Ronald Van der Kamp
The Dutch designer presented a collection that looks ready for an exhibit at The Met.
After several jaw-dropping seasons, Schiaparelli’s haute couture collection – while beautiful – didn’t grab quite as much attention. Nevertheless, Daniel Roseberry is never one to be discounted and this sleek column gown is not one to miss.
American designer Thom Browne has been traveling across the pond to show his ready-to-wear collections at Paris Fashion Week for several seasons now. But he was a special addition to the haute couture schedule.
A label based out of New York, Threeasfour is led by designers Gabriel Asfour, Angela Donhauser and Adi Gil. Their designs embody technical innovation as well as precise craftsmanship that the likes of Alexander McQueen are smiling down upon.
Their most recent collection features futuristic designs that are very apt as topics of AI and space travel grab headlines. And it’s a structured armor piece that takes top prize among the the most striking looks of the season.
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