As another month of fashion shows came to a close, the daunting task of having had to attend upwards of 15 to 20 presentations and shows a day is but a fleeting memory. The same can’t be said for the productions designers put on—all in the hopes of standing out from the competition while, in this digital age, creating an Instagram-worthy photo op.
Three fashion powerhouses—Alessandro Michele at Gucci, Raf Simons at Dior, and Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel—were among the top contenders for best show production of the season. But what was most interesting is that while the shows in Milan and Paris tend to value historical venues over prefabricated works of art, this season more designers than ever sought to mold their own show identity. Here’s a look at the most memorable moments from Milan and Paris fashion weeks.