Paris Couture Week: The Clothes Of The Rich, Famous & Fabulous

By Simbarashe Cha
New York Times
The “devil” herself: a person dressed as Miranda Priestly, the fictional fashion editor from the movie The Devil Wears Prada, replete with a mock issue of Vogue, outside the Balenciaga show during Couture Week in Paris. Photo / New York Times

Photographer Simbarashe Cha captures the streets, shows and accidental runways of 2024 Couture Week and finds a cliquish sense of glamour.

Couture Week in Paris is a reminder that the clothes many people consider to be the most splendid in the world are accessible to only a select few with

This year’s events, in late June, were full of thrills, thanks partly to presentations by designers Robert Wun; Nicolas Di Felice, who developed the newest Jean Paul Gaultier couture collection; and Daniel Roseberry of Schiaparelli, whose collection showed off his eye for timeless silhouettes and resplendent details. Another standout was Thom Browne, who used lighter fabrics to create intricate pieces that seemed practical and breathable — two words not often used to describe couture.

Outside the shows, the style in the crowds was a mix of formal attire and streetwear. Sartorially, it has become harder to tell the difference between fashion superfans (students, bloggers) and industry fixtures (editors, A-listers). The former group, largely because of technology, has greater access to the type of holy-grail clothes that were once primarily the domain of the latter. That might seem at odds with the premise of exclusive events like Couture Week. But in my opinion, the more people who look fabulous, the better.

A devilish headband with brows dyed to match in attendance at the Thom Browne show during Couture Week. Photo / New York Times
A devilish headband with brows dyed to match in attendance at the Thom Browne show during Couture Week. Photo / New York Times
The final outfit at the Robert Wun show, a dress that conjures the cosmos. Photo / New York Times
The final outfit at the Robert Wun show, a dress that conjures the cosmos. Photo / New York Times
Sleek, form-fitting creations in Nicolas Di Felice’s collection. Photo / New York Times
Sleek, form-fitting creations in Nicolas Di Felice’s collection. Photo / New York Times
An ornate outfit with endless buttons and laces at the Thom Browne show. Photo / New York Times
An ornate outfit with endless buttons and laces at the Thom Browne show. Photo / New York Times
A shimmering Dior trench jacket with a matching bodysuit. Photo / New York Times
A shimmering Dior trench jacket with a matching bodysuit. Photo / New York Times
Kylie Jenner’s outfit included a sheer face covering. Photo / New York Times
Kylie Jenner’s outfit included a sheer face covering. Photo / New York Times
A streetwear pair with thoughtful fashion touches and many, many rings. Photo / New York Times
A streetwear pair with thoughtful fashion touches and many, many rings. Photo / New York Times
High, sheer socks and a jacket softly draping. Photo / New York Times
High, sheer socks and a jacket softly draping. Photo / New York Times
An explosion of tulle and quilting. Photo / New York Times
An explosion of tulle and quilting. Photo / New York Times
Miss Fame, a drag artist, turns the street into a runway during Couture Week. Photo / New York Times
Miss Fame, a drag artist, turns the street into a runway during Couture Week. Photo / New York Times

Photographs and report by: Simbarashe Cha

©2024 THE NEW YORK TIMES

This article originally appeared in the New York Times.

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