All eyes were on the French capital last week while the Spring/Summer 2020 Paris Haute Couture Week was in full swing. Many of the world’s leading couturiers gathered in iconic halls, palatial hotels, and customized sets to present their upcoming season to the delight of those fortunate enough to be in attendance. While the list of coveted looks from this year’s shows is endless, the list of noteworthy modest ensembles is just as long with many of them not only coming from the Arab world’s own designers but also longtime luxury labels, proving that modest fashion has found its rightful place at the forefront of couture masterpieces—no matter the region.
From Armani Privé‘s vibrant palettes on matching sets to Givenchy‘s floral embellishments from shoulder to toe, the runways were a showcase of covered looks that brought the drama, power, and feminity of many women from the Middle East. Arab designers led the way with Elie Saab‘s domed sleeves, meticulous embroidery, and ornate gold details filling a runway with one ostentatious gown after the next while Zuhair Murad‘s tribute to the queens of Ancient Egypt featuring ornamental beading and sartorial embodiments of the Sun God demonstrated the understated elegance of a cape sleeve.
Not to be missed were Dior‘s modest goddesses who reflected world-ruling-worthy women in response to the overarching question of the collection with flowing silk and statement monochromatic suits in addition to Ralph & Russo‘s sequined sets and feathered adornments that modernized the traditional perception of modesty. Oversized bows and ruffles on long-sleeve dresses made recurring appearances during Viktor & Rolf‘s presentation while Chanel‘s signature tweed and belted waists featured a classic approach to covered styles. Jean Paul Gaultier‘s final couture presentation welcomed a star-studded cast rocking a surprising mishmash of modest silhouettes with a unique twist in true Gaultier fashion and Giambattista Valli‘s elaborate designs featured intricate detailing and high-collars on bright colors for a contrasting sense of delicate yet fierce modest style.
Click through the gallery to see some of the inspired modest looks that caught our eye at Paris Couture Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020.