Highlights from this week’s couture shows

Gregory P. Daily

If the ready-to-wear shows are about selling product, Paris’ haute couture shows, staged each year in January and July, are about selling the dream. During the Spring-Summer 2021 season, which took place from January 25 to 28, the few designers working in this rarefied space once again came together — this time, virtually — to parade their most fantastical designs.



Kate Moss standing in front of a building: Kate Moss and her daughter Lila Grace Moss were part of the star-studded group of models presenting Kim Jones' debut Fendi collection.


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Kate Moss and her daughter Lila Grace Moss were part of the star-studded group of models presenting Kim Jones’ debut Fendi collection.

While the theatrical collections typically include elaborate runway productions, world-building has become more challenging due to the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic — but not impossible. This season, a number of designers found ways to awe through the computer screen alone.

Below are this week’s standout moments.



A look from Dior's Spring-Summer 2021 haute couture collection.


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A look from Dior’s Spring-Summer 2021 haute couture collection.

Kim Jones brings the

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Precious Lee Models Area’s Spring 2021 Couture Collection

Gregory P. Daily

Area always gets us excited for sparkling dresses that celebrate showing skin with confidence. For the New York brand’s first couture show, designers Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk tapped trailblazer Precious Lee and catwalk favorite Yasmin Wijnaldum to model a body-positive, 14-look collection that can be described as sexy, fantasy couture.

“Haute Couture originally started in Paris in 1858 but looking deeper into history and tracing back to ancient civilizations, there has always been a deep connection and appreciation for craft and beauty,” Fogg and Panszczyk said in a press statement. “It’s like Haute Couture has been ingrained into our souls culturally expressed in different ways. Whether it be for religious purposes, or simply the innate need to create something beautiful.”

“With this couture collection we want to showcase our ability and dedication to creating beauty by hand. Every look in this collection has been developed over an extensive time

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Demi Moore makes surprise cameo at Fendi’s haute couture Paris Fashion Week show

Gregory P. Daily

Actress Demi Moore made her surprise runway debut on Wednesday, as she opened Fendi’s virtual presentation during the couture shows at Paris Fashion Week.



Demi Moore wearing a suit and tie: US actress Demi Moore presents a creation of British designer Kim Jones for the Fendi's Spring-Summer 2021 collection during the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, in Paris, on January 27, 2021. - British designer Kim Jones presents his first ever Couture Collection for Fendi since he joinded Italian fashion house Fendi as its lead designer for womenswear in September 2020 (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP) (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP via Getty Images)


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US actress Demi Moore presents a creation of British designer Kim Jones for the Fendi’s Spring-Summer 2021 collection during the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, in Paris, on January 27, 2021. – British designer Kim Jones presents his first ever Couture Collection for Fendi since he joinded Italian fashion house Fendi as its lead designer for womenswear in September 2020 (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP) (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP via Getty Images)

The 58-year-old’s cameo saw her wearing an off-the-shoulder black silk suit with wide-legged pants, elaborate statement earrings and a dark clutch. She later took to Instagram to describe the moment as “fulfilling a teenage dream.”

The show also marked a debut for designer Kim Jones,

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