On Monday Marion Cotillard, the face of Christian Dior, was front and centre for John Galliano's couture show for the house. In what was seen as a reflection of the current economic climate Galliano shied away from the lavish and theatrical shows he is famous for in favour of a collection of bright and beautiful Dior classics, focusing, he explained, on the Dior archive. Cue feminine shift dresses, panther prints and the Bar jacket.
Yesterday saw fashion heavyweights Chanel, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix and Armani Prive all show couture collections. It was an emotional day for Lacroix. The label faces bankruptcy yet it was on with the show for Mr Lacroix who headed straight for the Givenchy show after his own, commenting there that, 'This is not the end. This is the beginning, that's how I see it, it's a new page.'
Madonna was not at the Givenchy show despite being in Paris for her Sticky and Sweet Tour this week, but another of music's fashion icons, Roisin Murphy was. Sporting a new look she teamed an understated grey tailored sleevless blazer with a sleek and demure new bob - well, when in Paris.
The most star-packed front row however was at Armani Prive. Again, as at Dior, Mr Armani had looked to the Armani archive to focus on a collection of Armani Privee classics which he described as being for a 'radical and contemporary woman' - just like the actresses in his front row, Cate Blanchett (pictured) and Megan Fox.
Hollywood's hot new face Isabel Lucas (she once starred in Home and Away as Tasha) was a special guest of Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel and sat front row with former Chanel muse Ines de la Fressange and fashion photographers Inez and Vinoodh.
The collection was quintessentially Chanel featuring tweed suits, winter coats and shift dresses, all featuring fashion's new obsession - the exaggerated shoulder. And if you want a couture styling tip to adopt right now, make like the Chanel models and team everything from skirts suits More