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Your Cheat Sheet to the Spring 2017 Shows at Couture Fashion Week

If pressed, we’d have to say Couture Fashion Week is our absolute most favorite (sorry, ready-to-wear). It celebrates the commitment to superior craftsmanship, unleashed creativity (due in large part to the freedom from commercial demands), and considered design. In short, we love it because everything’s just so damn pretty.

And of course, all that prettiness comes with some major moments, like an actual secret garden come to life (re-watch the Dior Haute Couture show here) or the stars who can’t help but be enamored by it all from the front row, or fluffy gowns so gargantuan in size, they span the entire width (and sometimes the length) of the runway. Scroll through for a play-by-play of what’s happening at the spring 2017 shows.

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All the Best Looks at Balenciaga

Demna Gvasalia-helmed Balenciaga is one of the hot tickets of Paris Fashion Week. With boundary pushing designs (car-mat skirts, anyone?) he’s always pushing fashion boundaries and driving the trend game. His Fall 2017 outing did just that, including the aforementioned skirts, giant gym bags, asymmetrical (and huge!) jackets, and more. Scroll through to see the most impressive looks from his lineup.

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This Is How to Do Equestrian Fashion

I have loved you ever since I first laid eyes on you, Ms. Natalia Vodianova. You are as beautiful as you are charitable and kind … and impeccably dressed.

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Once the most stunning woman on the runway, you are now my favorite to spot in the front row during fashion month; and what a treat seeing you looking your most equestrian at yesterday’s Dior Couture show.

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Not only was got cape divine but instead of just adding a riding boot (which, of course, you did) you topped your look off with a decidedly thematic chapeau.

Natalia Vodianova, you always win.

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Fashion Trends We’re Looking Forward to in 2017

Woooo new year, new season—ergo, new you. What that means is an improved and a very-2017 (and not, ugh, 2016) wardrobe update that hits all of spring’s major trends. Although, let’s not dismiss 2016 in its entirety—it’s more of an evolved look rather than a complete fashion overhaul. Take utilitarianism, for instance. The core elements are still there, like the khaki textiles and no-nonsense attitude, but there’s more of a polished flair in the form of a clean-cut (albeit exaggerated) shape and playful parachute toggles, used to highlight the silhouette.

But then again, long, navel-grazing pendants can most definitely be seen as backlash to the never-ending choker trend that dominated the good part of 2016. Take a look at the fashion trends we’re looking forward to the most in 2017.

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11 Images from the Chanel Metiers d’Art Show You Haven’t Seen Yet

By now, we’ve all obsessed over every single look, every beautiful detail from Chanel’s ritzy Metiers d’Art 2017 collection (and if you haven’t yet, here’s where you can see the entire 78-look line-up). It marked Cara Delevingne’s return from modeling retirement (she opened and closed the show), fashion darling Lily-Rose Depp’s runway debut, and Pharrell’s first-ever Chanel fashion show cameo (who also wore a headpiece that launched a debate at the Beauterage HQ).

We thought we had seen it all—until we got a glimpse at behind-the-scenes images from the fittings, from the lookbook shoot, and from the show day of. And it’s every bit as good as the official run-of-show. There are never-before-seen snaps capturing Pharrell marveling at his double-C pendant, Karl Lagerfeld directing and photographing the press kit, Sofia Richie test-driving her look during the fitting, and models taking cutesy selfies backstage. And then there are images that are just impossibly stunning.

Scroll through to see 11 of the prettiest pictures from the Chanel Metiers d’Art collection that we bet you haven’t seen yet.

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Kiernan Shipka Shows Us What It Was Actually Like to Attend the Dior Cruise 2017 Fashion Show

A truly impressive extravaganza like Dior’s cruise 2017 show, which transported its audience not only to the outskirts of London but also to a whole different time period, would, of course, demand an equally impressive front row. Among the star-studded set lucky enough to attend? Kiernan Shipka, who kicked off the two-day-long series of events with an appearance as a lady in red (clad in head-to-toe Dior, naturally) at the Lady Dior Pub.

Day of, the starlet dialed up the sophistication and brought the chic in a super sleek bead-embroidered Dior Haute Couture “Bar” jacket with black cigarette pants and pumps. And she continued to bring it all throughout her journey, from London to the Dior Express and finally, to Blenheim Palace, a sprawling 2,000-plus acre estate situated in Oxfordshire that served as the show’s majestic venue.

From the outside looking in, the experience seemed to be nothing short of spectacular. And what was it like on the inside? Well, it was nothing short of spectacular—and Shipka has the pictures to prove it. She photo-documented her every step and gave us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what it was actually like to attend the Dior cruise 2017 show. Scroll down to see her snap-by-snap photo diary.

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Monse and Proenza Schouler Set the Tone with Extroverted Fashion

Hailing a taxi in the far reaches of West Chelsea on Monday afternoon, a curious cab driver asked what all the hullaballoo was about after passing a woman wearing a gilded shearling coat and matching fuzzy platforms.

“Fashion Week,” I said.

“It’s Fashion Week?” he asked. “I thought it was the dog show.”

Well, yes, it has been noted that the fall fashion collections often coincide with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and the comparisons between a puppy pageant and a catwalk circuit don’t stop at the beautiful creatures walking around in circles while being judged. I was particularly excited this year by Westminster’s acceptance of an adorable breed of Hungarian herding dog called a pumi, although I kept calling it a pupi all day long by accident. Apparently, there was also some controversy over the arrival of a hairless terrier, which caused a lot of eye-rolling among those who insist that dogs should not be caught dead not wearing fur. Sometimes, it really is hard to tell the difference between Fashion Week and a dog show.

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Returning our focus to the runway, though, let us take a moment to discuss a new hybrid breed that arrived at Fashion Week, and I am talking about the first double-header fashion show from the designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, who presented their Monse and Oscar de la Renta collections back-to-back on one runway. This was highly unusual and caused more confusion than it really should have when a mesh curtain that was meant to reveal a second set halfway through the show malfunctioned, but the collection(s) was or were still likely to be a strong contender for best in show this week.

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The Monse portion was really great: a continuation of the shirt-dressing theme paired with drip-effect sequined dresses that Kim and Garcia have made as the signatures of their two-year-old label. It’s youthful and lightly deconstructed, with a little edge. But it was their new take on Oscar de la Renta, where both designers had worked with de la Renta himself for many years, that mapped out a clear direction for the house for the first time since his passing. Peter Copping’s collections in the intervening years were lovely but so respectful that they didn’t stand a chance in this overcrowded fashion system, where you’ve got to make a loud entrance in order to be heard.

In this case, Kim and Garcia did that with bright color combinations of a green wool suit or a shocking pink cocoon coat made of a scuba-like fabric that was bonded sponge wool and cashmere. Their evening gowns were full-skirted with fitted bodices, princess-like in the de la Renta tradition, but also modernized with rivers of crystal embroidery. One white gown featured sequins in an abstract pattern that resembled the weaving of ikat fabric, which was a favorite of de la Renta. And the two finale dresses worn by Lineisy Montero and Bella Hadid, both slim black velvet gowns trimmed with diamond embroidered panels, looked right for Oscar, or possibly, the Oscars.

Fashion Week also has its more fanciful breeds of designers. The collections of Joseph Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler had so many flourishes and decorative elements that you could imagine these clothes were for extroverts. Altuzarra’s Renaissance inspiration played out with rich velvets and embroideries, casting a very polished and formal appearance. At Proenza, the motif was more sport-like, with long bodysuit zipper pulls affixed to the backs of their abstracted dresses and collage tops. I particularly loved the looser take on bandage dresses that recalled an idea from a collection of theirs from a decade ago. Now the dresses were wrapped and draped in multiple fabrics, some with a patent-like shine.

Of course, there are also designers whose collections speak more quietly, as sleek and yet powerful as a Doberman. The Row, for example, had magnificent double-face cashmere coats and loose pantsuits or jackets worn with long skirts in a mostly neutral palette. These were shown with tightly wrapped belts and luxurious black boots that added to the sense of practicality and purpose. Carolina Herrera, interestingly, took a more streamlined approach as well, riffing on her signature white shirts and adding so many sophisticated dresses that you didn’t quite know where to look. My eye settled on a flowing cape dress in the color of sand, with a ribbon detail at the neck, and stayed there.

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Taylor Swift Sits Front Row at Tommy Hilfiger and Everything Else to Know About the Carnival-Themed Show

Although we’ve known for two weeks that Tommy Hilfiger planned to turn part of New York’s South Street Seaport into a carnival for his fall 2016 show, it didn’t make the event any less thrilling. Packed with major celebrities (hey, there Taylor Swift and Gigi Hadid!), twinkling lights (from fairground rides and paparazzi flashbulbs alike), and carnival food at every turn (mmmm, sliders), the evening was filled with buzz-worthy moments—here, we count down the top ten.

1. Guests were treated to a smorgasbord of delicious street food from the city’s best eateries, such as People’s Pops fruit popsicles, freshly made doughnuts from Dough, and Liddabit (maple flavored!) cotton candy.

Océan de donuts dans la fête foraine de Tommy Hilfiger, qui se lance cette saison dans la grande aventure du “see now, buy now”, en direct de la baie numéro 16, à New York. #tommynow #tommygigi @tommyhilfiger @gigihadid

A photo posted by “O” (@o_lemag) on Sep 9, 2016 at 4:41pm PDT

2. Along with traditional carnival fixtures, there were manicure and temporary tattoo stations, along with a few shopping tents boasting the entire Tommy x Gigi collection.

3. Said carnival fixtures—including a Ferris wheel and arcade games—were (sadly) not up and running. Instead, guests were invited to use each as an Instagram opportunity. Based on the #TommyNow hashtag, many did.

4. The front row was packed with supermodels and buzzy reality stars alike, such as Olivia Palermo (aptly dressed in a striped slip dress), Yolanda Foster (there, of course, to support daughter Gigi on her big night), and Victoria’s Secret models Rachel Hilbert and Doutzen Kroes.

5. Kris Jenner also made an appearance with what appeared to be a giant engagement ring. Seeing as there’s been false alarms as to her relationship status before, this could very well be a publicity stunt—but here’s hoping it’s not. We’re always up for another Kardashian wedding!

6. Despite instructions from an intercom for guests to take their seats, a tidal wave of people stood up with their iPhones when Taylor Swift (who was dressed in an adorable nautical-inspired look from the new line—buy it here now!) and Martha Hunt made a surprise entrance.

7. Although infectious ’80s tunes, like “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and “Obsession” by Animotion blared pre-show, the soundtrack switched to club beats by Rihanna and Beyoncé when the first model walked.

8. Speaking of the first model, that would be Gigi Hadid (she also held the lineup’s closing spot), who is not only the face of Tommy’s new autumn range, but helped design part of it. That said, the rest of the cast boasted a who’s who of it models as well: Hailey Baldwin, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill, and Devon Windsor.

9. The overall look was a playful mix of sailor-inspired silhouettes (many of which A-list members of the crowd were wearing) and ’90s-era Tommy; think bold primary colors, oversize hoodies, and slouchy overalls that wouldn’t be out of place in Salt-N-Pepa’s closet. This was confirmed by a special stand within the fairgrounds selling actual vintage take pieces from the brand’s early days.

10. The entire collection was see now, buy now and is currently available on—for how long, though, we can’t say. Based on how fast stock was flying out of the on-site pop-up shops, we have a feeling inventory won’t last long. Click here to shop everything now!

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Hailey Baldwin Slays the NYFW Runway in a Black Pleated Dress at Prabal Gurung

There’s more to Hailey Baldwin than meets the eye.

On Sunday, the 19-year-old model and social media superstar proved that her abilities extend far beyond magazine and advertising editorial and onto the catwalk. Baldwin strut down the Prabal Gurung runway and nailed it in a spring 2017 all-black dress with oversize, billowy sleeves and a pleated skirt design that featured silver metal hardware.

In addition to turning the heads of everyone in the front row, which included model Ashley Graham and Olivia Palermo, the star also smoldered at a dinner in celebration of the brand’s Sport collection. For the occasion, she flaunted her toned physique in a white asymmetrical dress with strategic embellishments and a matching white choker.

Last night’s dinner celebrating the launch of Prabal Gurung Sport. Thank you @bandier @haileybaldwin @imgmodels @thenewyorkissue @thenewyorkedition @dianagordonofcl @smartwater @absolutelyx 📷 @bfa #pgsport #pgworld #pgnyfw

A video posted by Prabal Gurung (@prabalgurung) on Sep 12, 2016 at 6:44am PDT

thank u for last night @prabalgurung 💕💕

A photo posted by Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) on Sep 12, 2016 at 6:18am PDT

Recently, Baldwin has not only also walked in top-notch shows like that of Tommy Hilfiger (below), but also is the fresh face of UGG.

another great show! Thank you @tommyhilfiger styled by the one and only #karltempler makeup by mother @patmcgrathreal ❤️

A photo posted by Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) on Sep 9, 2016 at 7:32pm PDT

@ugg by @mrmikerosenthal 🍊

A photo posted by Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) on Aug 24, 2016 at 12:49am PDT

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Talk about being everywhere.

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Here’s How You Can Watch the Dior Haute Couture Show

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week officially kicked off yesterday, but it’s today, day two, that promises one runway after another brimming with exquisite one-of-a-kind, creatively uninhibited masterpieces (Schiaparelli, Iris van Herpen, Georges Hobeika, Dior, Ralph & Russo, and Giambattista Valli are among the couturiers on the lineup). And today, we’re bringing one of these incredible shows to your screen with the livestream of Dior’s Haute Couture spring 2017 collection, the first with Maria Grazia Chiuri as creative director.

After a very strong debut, with empowering feminist statements (Chiuri’s famous “We Should All Be Feminists” tee was worn both by Rihanna and Natalie Portman in honor of the Women’s March, btw) intended to ignite the Dior revolution, we’re excited to see what else Chiuri has to say.

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Tune in to view Dior’s Couture show at 8:30 a.m. ET (2:30 p.m. local time) above.