Haute Couture has invaded Paris again as the likes of Schiaparelli, Alaïa, Chanel, Valentino and Dior all display their most exquisite, elaborate and – whisper it – expensive creations. For the latter, this was the perfect time to emphasise the importance of craft with a collection made entirely of black and white (and ivory, cream and a smattering of beige) which exemplified the beauty of the house of Dior's classic codes.
Watching on? A very starry lineup of guests, all showing us how to dress for January 2022.
There was supermodel Natalia Vodianova making a hood look chic (well, it was Dior), Cara Delevingne proving that oversized jackets still make for a fail-safe outfit and Lady Amelia Windsor showing us all how to make sheer layers work during the day – and in winter, too.
Claire Foy was also in attendance, looking beautiful in a white overcoat worn open over her black Dior dress. But it was Rosamund Pike who really stole the January show, wearing what must surely be the dream ensemble for this time of year.
Pike wore a quilted black puffer coat-dress over a white shirt and tie, belted at the waist and accessorised with a pearl-encrusted veil, making for the perfect mix of Haute Couture drama and January practicality.
As for the collection itself, the simplicity of the colour palette belied the intricacy of the craftsmanship behind the clothes, which was nothing short of breathtaking.
There were embroidered tights and socks, proving that when it comes to couture, there's no such thing as basic.
Other highlights included 2022's version of Dior's iconic Bar Jacket – sumptuous tailoring which contrasted with the fluid gowns which came later on.
As always, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior's creative director, chose to highlight artisans from around the world, this time focussing on the work of Indian artists Madhvi & Manu Parekh. Their work adorned the walls of the catwalk space set, as always, in the Musée Rodin. Following the show, the show space is open to the public from January 25-30 as an ephemeral art exhibition, should you find yourself in Paris with a spare hour.
Things to takeaway? Chiuri's attention to detail made this one of her most impressive couture offerings for the house yet, cementing the fact that when the craftsmanship is this good, it really does speak for itself. Also: consider this a free pass to start wearing your long puffer coat as a dress. Dior just gave us permission.