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"Silk does for the body what diamonds do for the hand." - Oscar De La Renta

Friday Finds: Haute Couture-inspired styling

a black silk shirt styled with bronze

Last week, for the inaugural 2016 couture show, the fashion world was fixated on front row fashionistas strutting their stuff up and down the gay streets of Paris. With the who's who of good taste taking their seats at showcases from Dior to Armani, style insiders were on red alert, hunting for new and fabulous ways to wear haute couture.

In recent years, the historic French fashion furore has become an inroad for A-listers to bag their next Oscar-winning gown, but before the likes of Rhianna got better seats than Anna Wintor, Paris Couture week was a way for highly-strung prêt à porter gurus to flex their creative muscles for industry insiders.

In the true spirit of couture, this season saw dab hands like Galliano and Donatella showcase inspirational silhouettes that celebrated couturier practices, ostentatious design flare and intrinsic high-luxe glam. Off the catwalk, glamazons garbed the latest on-trend ensembles to an avid audience of snap-happy bloggers and press-hungry image hoarders – but without a doubt, there was one individual that showed us exactly how to dress for a high-fashion event such as Paris couture week...Ulyana Sergeenko.

Unphased by the style attempts of mere celebrities, the Russian socialite has become famous for her daring and tasteful interpretation of 'fresh off the catwalk'. Exuding an air of regal superiority, the Moscovian temptress was out in full form, delighting onlookers with ensembles that seamlessly bridged the couture-to-curbside gap.

Spurred on by her forward-thinking (and slightly dismissive) nonchalance to daytime dressing, this curated ensemble cerebrates the soul of couture for contemporary evening wear. With the Sachin & Babi High-Low Skirt working as our ode to far-out fashion, this ensemble gravitates towards formal dressing and cocktail-evening occasions.

Worn with  the VAUGHAN Iron Petticoat jet black silk shirt tucked into a high-waisted silhouette, this simple, stylish wardrobe essential adds a casual touch to an overtly ostentatious outfit. A relaxed separate that blends contemporary styling with theatrical finesse, wear this classic ebony shirt buttoned all the way to the top and accessorize with the statement Diana Broussard Nate Marbled Tortoise Link Necklace to offset dominant metallic shine.

Adding to the grandeur of this high-luxe piece, over the knee suede boots keep separates in check and peach skin cleverly concealed for maximum modesty. Adding height to an accentuated hourglass silhouette, these tall Maison Margiela Thigh High Boots add a tonal undercurrent to OTT design choices, creating a fluidity and context to what can easily become 'car crash couture'. Elegant, demure and also, perfect for chilly weather, these investment boots will not only work with dramatic look-at-me- pieces, but also a relaxed jeans and jumper combo for those off-duty fashion pauses.

Embracing all the glitz and glamour of Paris couture week, incorporate a little more high-luxe fashion fun into your event wardrobe with statement pieces that are worth their weight in gold.

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