As the carousel of Fashion Week shows come to an end, it’s time to reflect on the collections that got everyone talking during the September and October 2016 season. From Burberry’s first foray into see-now, buy-now, to debuts from Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent and Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior, click through to each show to read our editors’ reports in full.

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2017 Ready To Wear Collection

“It was the perfect backdrop to what followed – a sensory overload of colour, fabric and ideas that took the breath away. The silence of the waiting fashion crowd was reverent in its expectation and Gvasalia delivered and then some.” – Emily Sheffield

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Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-To-Wear Collection

“What followed was a show that was a clean break from her past and her predecessors, yet also steeped in her pretty brand of femininity: her elegant floor-sweeping silhouettes, matched with a masculine street-influenced toughness.” – Emily Sheffield

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Prada Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-To-Wear Collection

“Apologies in advance for anyone who might have an allergy to feathers because Mrs. Prada trimmed the vast majority of her collection in wispy fluffy ostrich feathers this evening, and it was nothing short of delightful.” – Sarah Harris

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Burberry Autumn/Winter 2016 Ready-To-Wear Collection

“This afternoon marked Christopher Bailey’s first fully fledged runway-to-retail collection, a quite radical concept that has had much debate. How will the new order work? How can editors feature the clothes in their magazines right away when they’re working on issues that are three months ahead?… It turns out, Burberry has thought of all of that, of course.” – Sarah Harris

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Gucci Spring/Summer 2017 RTW Collection

“Michele’s aesthetic is resonating with the Gucci customer and this was another collection packed with kooky desirables; from a mink coat with zebra intarsia to a Dynasty-style one-shouldered and ruffled cocktail dress with “modern” spelled out in gold sequins on the back of one sleeve, to a tiered tinsel coat, brocade backpacks, and something else – a coat? A dress? – embroidered with jellyfish” – Sarah Harris

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Loewe Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-To-Wear Collection

“In the midst of this compelling activity, girls started filing out, dressed in this season’s iteration of that now-signature Loewe elongated dress with the unpredictable hemline, wrists and ears and ankles crowded with metallic jewellery, waists encased in heavy belts, carrying bags encrusted with beads and shells, shoes that would provoke comment the world over, hair slicked back. All the while the sea crashed and raged. Sensory overload doesn’t begin to cover it.” – Ellie Pithers

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Valentino Spring/Summer 2017 Ready To Wear Collection

“Season after season, the body of work, attention to detail and mind-boggling craftsmanship that Chiuri and Piccioli put out here always mesmerised, but today Piccioli proved that going it solo can pack just as big of a punch.” – Sarah Harris

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Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-To-Wear Collection

“The takeaway need-it-now items from here? Undoubtedly, a pair of those pull-on cowboy boots; the Petit Malle iPhone case, what Vuitton fan wouldn’t want to dress her iPhone Plus in that? And one of those T-shirts printed with the head of the 18th century fauns that decorate the facade of 2 Place Vendôme, and stamped on the back: “Louis Vuitton trunks and bags”. But as Ghesquière proved once again: there’s much more to boast about that just trunks and bags.” – Sarah Harris

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Chanel Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-To-Wear Collection

“This morning’s show, staged at the Grand Palais, was a giant leap into the future. Tech heads delight; show-goers were invited into Chanel’s data centre, a runway bordered with towering servers blinking in lights and loaded with colourful cabling and wires hooked up to heaven knows what – Chanel’s computer brain?” – Sarah Harris

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Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-To-Wear Collection

“In all he most certainly took the view that what wasn’t broken didn’t need fixing. It was Anthony Vaccarello doing Hedi Slimane’s take on Saint Laurent and making a pretty good job of it. Perhaps next season he will add something to make it more his own but for now he will have ensured that the tills will still be ringing in the stores for this cherished Parisian house.” – Alexandra Shulman

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