See the intricacy of haute couture designs — a symbolic contrast to our fast-paced world.

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Couture — clothes that take a seamstress hundreds and even thousands of hours to make by hand, which are meant to last over decades and made for a single individual, to her body and her specifications — is the inverse of the rushing flood of new information that is social media.

That theme ran through the recent fall/winter couture collection shows in Paris. “We are in a moment where everything is visible, where everything is said, so what becomes special is what you don’t see,” said Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative director of Valentino.

There were other themes running through the collections, as well, including the pulling down of borders and the lowering of barriers to entry, as couture welcomed U.S. ready-to-wear labels Proenza Schouler and Rodarte.

Wonder Woman emerged as something of a muse of the season, complete with gold-sequined catsuits and leather-molded minidresses at Versace and a tweedy Diana Prince influence almost across the board. The 1940s and ’50s are back, silhouettewise, as are suits.

Here are visual highlights from the shows.