January 27, 2012 11:58 am

The four-day tryst that was Haute Couture Spring 2012 came and went this week like an elaborately frocked lover in the night. The celebration of the highest fashion in the land however is more than mere aperitif to ready-to-wear’s main course that will begin serving in less than a fortnight in New York; couture is a feast unto itself! Leading the fête de la mode this week was Sigrid Agren (Ford), who walked for nine designers, nearly twice as next in line Antonia Wesseloh (Ford) and Erjona Ala (Ford), both of whom featured in five shows. Karmen Pedaru (Ford) turned up in style for Versace, Christian Dior, and Chanel. Elsewhere, opening honors were claimed by Antonia for the house of Giambattista Valli. Kate King (Ford) closed the Georges Hobeika show. Valerija Kelava (Ford) and Ana Claudia Michels (Ford), dangly nose-rings and all, were amongst a select few who presented the Givenchy couture collection by Riccardo Tisci. Karolina Wąż (Ford) made her couture debut for Chanel, which for a young model is no mean feat. That concludes the opening act of the womenswear calendar and of course will be followed a ready-to-wear show or two hundred beginning in New York next month. Until then, please click through the below slide show of runway looks from Paris.

Rachel Walgrove contributed to this story.

Alana Zimmer: Christian DiorGiorgio Armani PrivèStéphane Rolland, Jean Paul Gaultier

Ana Claudia Michels: Givenchy

Antonia Wesseloh: Alexis Mabille, Giambattista Valli (O), Iris Van HerpenChanel, Valentino

Brenda Kranz: Bouchra Jarra, Basil SodaElie SaabMaxime Simoens

Carolina Thaler (Ford Women): Christian Dior

Cora Emmanuel (Ford Women): Bouchra Jarra, Elie Saab, Valentino

Erjona Ala: Bouchra JarraGiambattista Valli, ChanelStéphane Rolland, Maxime Simoens

Hanne Gaby Odiele: Bouchra Jarra, Valentino

Henna (Ford Women): Atelier Gustavolins, Danny Atrache

Julia Nobis: Bouchra Jarra, Iris Van HerpenChanel, Valentino

Karmen Pedaru: Versace, Christian Dior, Chanel

Karolina Wąż: Chanel

Kate King: Versace, Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, Georges Hobeika (C)

Sigrid Agren: Versace, Christian Dior, Chanel, Giorgio Armani Privè, Zuhair Murad, Alexandre VauthierElie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino

Tao Okamoto: ChanelStéphane Rolland

Valerija Kelava: GivenchyZuhair Murad, Valentino

Slide Show

  • 1-SIGRID_AGREN_ELIE_SAAB_COUTURE_SS12_23_GO_RUNWAY
    Sigrid Agren (Ford) | Elie Saab Couture Spring 2012
    Photography: Go Runway courtesy of Style.com
  • 2-KARMEN_PEDARU_VERSACE_COUTURE_SS12_12_GO_RUNWAY
    Karmen Pedaru (Ford) | Versace Couture Spring 2012
    Photography: Go Runway courtesy of Style.com
  • 3-ANTONIO_WESSELOH_GIAMBATTISTA_VALLI_COUTURE_SS12_1_OPENED_GO_RUNWAY
    Antonia Wesseloh (Ford) (O) | Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 2012
    Photography: Go Runway courtesy of Style.com
  • 4-VALERIJA_KELAVA_GIVENCHY_COUTURE_SS12_11
    Valerija Kelava (Ford) | Givenchy Couture Spring 2012
    Photography: Courtesy of Givenchy
  • 5-ALANA_ZIMMER_JEAN_PAUL_GAULTIER_SS12_56_GO_RUNWAY
    Alana Zimmer (Ford) | Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring 2012
    Photography: Go Runway courtesy of Style.com
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    Kate King (Ford) | Giambattista Valli Couture Spring 2012
    Photography: Go Runway courtesy of Style.com
  • 7-HANNE_GABY_VALENTINO_COUTURE_SS12_20_GO_RUNWAY
    Hanne Gaby (Ford) | Valentino Couture Spring 2012
    Photography: Go Runway courtesy of Style.com
  • 8-JULIA_NOBIS_VALENTINO_COUTURE_SS12_23_GO_RUNWAY
    Julia Nobis (Ford) | Valentino Couture Spring 2012
    Photography: Go Runway courtesy of Style.com
  • 9-ERJONA_ALA_STEPHANE_ROLLAND_COUTURE_SS12_14
    Erjona Ala (Ford) | Stéphane Rolland Couture Spring 2012
    Photography: Courtesy of Stéphane Rolland
  • 10-KAROLINA_WAZ_CHANEL_COUTURE_SS12_48_GO_RUNWAY
    Karolina Wąż (Ford) | Chanel Couture Spring 2012
    Photography: Go Runway courtesy of Style.com
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