My Picks from Paris Couture Week

The spring couture shows in Paris this year were quite fantastic, if I do say so myself. And I do say so!

The glossy catwalks were gleaming with everything from silvery metallic heels to light-scattering sequin corsets framing other-wordly silhouettes, which certainly could send any fashion crazy mind up into the couture clouds.

I compiled a brief list of my favorite looks from last week’s collections. Take a gander, and don’t forget to check out the list of shows at Style.com for more inspiration from the couture shows!

Christian Dior

The Dior collection this season realized by Raf Simons was a vision. Speaking of those couture clouds, each model seemed to float down the runway – wrapped up in beautiful clothing that truly moved, which is saying something, as much couture these days seems to be closer to statuesque costume and wearable art than actual clothes.

I love to consider what life these clothes lead once they exit the runway. Where will they be worn? The clothes from the Dior collection could certainly be worn with ease at any red carpet gala, which exemplifies the designer’s understanding of modern couture.

Beyond that, I think these clothes remind me of a sixties flair, which you’ll definitely know I’ve been taking plenty of clothing cues from recently. The shapes below are elegant without losing a sense of humor, and plenty of textures and 3-D floral accoutrements keep this spring’s Dior couture collection in a league of its own.

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Giambattista Valli

I picked these looks from Giambattista Valli for my best-of list because of the gorgeous rich jewel-toned colors and, again, the clothing’s versatility and wearability. All of the looks appeared to be built around the miniskirt shape, which definitely connects the looks to outfits you’d reach for on a night out.

I especially love that mint-green number with the exquisite purple jeweled collar.

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Valentino

Take a look at these gowns. Need I say much else? Simply gorgeous.

The beautiful couture from this collection was inspired by the opera, with one gown even sporting Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata score (worn by Katy Perry to last night’s Grammys). The flora and fauna woven with golden thread into the garments set the standard for the week’s drama, punctuated with thousands of gemstones worthy of serious ovation.

And the black-hooded top in the last image is inspired by screen siren Katherine Hepburn, reminiscent of old-time Hollywood glamor in its glittering, monochromatic pieces.

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Chanel

Everybody’s favorite line, Chanel, was making waves in the sea of couture that swallowed up Paris last week. The collection’s shining star, supermodel Cara Delevingne, was Chanel’s youthful bride in this season’s show, and she walked hand-in-hand with the child model and Mr. Lagerfeld himself.

Everyone seemed to love those couture sneakers that the models shimmied down the runway in, adding a definitive sporty edge to the collection (Chanel couture knee pads and elbow pads certainly solidified that, too, though I didn’t feature any because they weren’t my fave). Sequined corsets featured this season will also make an interesting footnote in House of Chanel history, seeing as it was Coco herself who first did away with them in fashion in the first place.

But Mr. Lagerfeld certainly knows what he’s doing, and the collection was overall full of energy and life, with models sporting warpaint-like glitter streaked beneath the eyes.

I’m not sure what sport requires glitter paint and Chanel knee pads, but put me in, Coach!

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Maison Martin Margiela

Though I didn’t quite understand the dark masks, I had to pull this look from Maison Martin Margiela because the pattern reminded me of one of my favorite stationery companies, Rifle Paper Co.

Though I’m not sure I’d want to leave the house looking like stationery or gift wrap, I’m seriously loving the patterns.

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Armani Privé

This season’s Armani Privé collection was composed of plenty of greige, navy and deep purples, contrasting the multipatterned, super light palettes of Maison Martin Margiela and Dior.

The embellishments and details are way over-the-top, but only in the best of ways. Adding a headscarf for more flair makes me think of a 1970s glamazon, and I’m totally okay with that.

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Marcus Tondo/ IndigitalImages.com

Elie Saab

I don’t want to pick faves, but Elie Saab’s collection was undoubtedly my favorite. Just check out these dreamy gowns! Beautiful confectioneries of pastel colors looked like they belonged in a fairytale.

They were the height of traditional femininity, with airy fabrics, nipped waists and flowing hemlines.

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