Paris Haute Couture Week 2018: Day 1 January 24, 2018 | BY AFP Hot on the heels of Paris menswear week, the French capital is hosting a new round of haute couture shows. Surrealism and nature were key sources of inspiration for several major fashion houses on the opening day of haute couture shows with Schiaparelli showcasing a collection inspired by pagan myths and folk tales and Maria Grazia Chiuri channelling the surrealist movement with a modern and feminine touch for Dior haute couture. Check out some of the key looks from the opening day of the haute couture shows featuring collections from Ralph & Russo, Iris van Herpen and Giambattista Valli. START GALLERY Fashion #Paris #hautecouture #GiambattistaValli #Ralph&Russo #IrisVanHerpen #ChristianDior #fashionweek Related Stories Longchamp Transforms Orchard Road Into The Streets Of Paris October 24, 2018 | BY Chloe Pek 10 Of The Hottest Bags From Spring/Summer 2019 Runways October 17, 2018 | BY AFP photo_library Weaving New Magic: How Christian Dior's Signature Print Got An Update September 20, 2018 | BY Justine Lee Dior Rose Des Vents Is More Than Just A Lucky Charm August 28, 2018 | BY Terence Lim What I Experienced At My First Chanel Haute Couture Show August 2, 2018 | BY Terence Lim New Luxury Spa In Paris Offers Treatments With Gold, Champagne And Caviar July 17, 2018 | BY AFP Paris Haute Couture Week 2018: Day 1 January 24, 2018 | BY AFP × Image: Patrick Kovarik / AFP Schiaparelli Schiaparelli's enchanting creations pay homage to nature, with creations featuring lots of butterflies, beetles and other embroidered insects. Advertisement Click To Skip Image: Patrick Kovarik / AFP Schiaparelli At Schiaparelli, natural and synthetic materials were woven with silk, braided with feathers or embroidered with pearly Swarovski beads. Image: Bertrand Guay/AFP Iris van Herpen Iris van Herpen was inspired by aerial photography with a new collection that also celebrated nature. Image: Bertrand Guay/AFP Iris van Herpen Cuts and colors had a light, ethereal feel at Iris van Herpen. Image: Alain Jocard/ AFP Georges Hobeika Georges Hobeika showed a poetic collection of soft, glamorous and feminine creations. Advertisement Click To Skip Image: Alain Jocard/ AFP Georges Hobeika Tulle, embroidered flowers and light colors bring a romantic touch to the Georges Hobeika collection. Image: Francois Guillot/ AFP Christian Dior Surrealism took center stage at Dior, channeling surrealist symbols like this cage-dress with a trompe-l'oeil-style checkerboard skirt. Image: Francois Guillot/ AFP Christian Dior Feathers create butterfly shapes on long, flowing gowns for a poetic and sophisticated effect. Image: Bertrand Guay/AFP Proenza Schouler Proenza Schouler channels liberty and freedom with floaty creations straight from the sixties and early seventies revisited with a more modern touch. Advertisement Click To Skip Image: Bertrand Guay/AFP Proenza Schouler Tie-dye, macramé and leather all feature in the Proenza Schouler collection. Image: Francois Guillot/ AFP Antonio Grimaldi Antonio Grimaldi brings colour to the runway with fluid, feminine, loose creations that channel movement. Image: Francois Guillot/ AFP Antonio Grimaldi Antonio Grimaldi sent modern-day Greek goddesses down the runway in sophisticated, feminine creations. Image: Patrick Kovarik / AFP Ralph & Russo Ralph & Russo showed a fairytale collection with poetic, romantic, dreamy creations made with precious fabrics and flowers. Advertisement Click To Skip Image: Patrick Kovarik / AFP Ralph & Russo Frills, tiers, feathers and tulle on the Ralph & Russo runway. Image: Bertrand Guay/AFP Giambattista Valli Giambattista Valli woman is more audacious than usual but the label's signatures still play a central role (flowers, sheers, embellishments). Image: Bertrand Guay/AFP Giambattista Valli Giambattista Valli's voluminous creations were back once again, this time in fresh, spring-inspired shades.