With layers of tulle, organza and silk, spring/summer 2011’s haute couture collections are as epic and romantic as the city that inspired them.
Main image: Embroidered flesh silk and light blue degrade tulle dress; light blue degrade tulle hat, prices on application, both Christian Dior Couture (0033-1 4073 5444).
ABOVE: Arc de Triomphe: printed tulle, chiffon and organza highnecked gown, with flower appliqué embroidery on the bust and high-waisted grosgrain belt, price on application, Elie Saab Couture (0033-1 4256 7771)
ABOVE: Place Vendôme: Le smoking in white moss crêpe with long pocket panels and bow in front, worn over a slip in peach frayed organza, price on application, Alexis Mabille Couture (0033-4 7859 1671, alexismabille. com); white satin sandals [just seen], price on application, Christian Louboutin for Alexis Mabille Couture (020- 7245 6510)
ABOVE: Pont Neuf: caramel floorlength silk-satin crêpe dress with mouth-blown glass detail; bronze shoes, prices on application, both Stéphane Rolland Couture (0033-1 5367 9500)
ABOVE: Palais-Royal fountain: ‘Soufflé’ dress of plumetis and opal chantilly lace; satin and metallic shoes, prices on application, both Valentino Couture (0033-1 5535 1623)
ABOVE: Pont Alexandre III : long pleated taffeta lantern dress with bodice embroidered in shaded tones, price on application, Christophe Josse Couture (0033-1 4296 8449)
Fashion: Ursula lake Photography: Nicole Nodland
Shot on location in Paris
Hair and make-up: Jaimee Thomas at Frank Agency using Kiehl’s and Mac
Model: Léonore Masson at Elite Paris
Fashion assistant: Morag Paterson
Photographic assistance and lighting: Witty Pictures