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While the states were enjoying a spectacle of fireworks on the 4th of July, France bid adieu to Fall 2012 Haute Couture Week with a finale of spectacular gowns. Elie Saab, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino presented chill-enducing collections—no doubt to their own backdrop of oohs and ahhs.
Celeb favorite, Elie Saab
, debuted yet another slew of luxurious gowns, covering all bases of feminine whimsy: gold lace, light-catching beads, sheer silk, and ballerina tulle. The designer never lets down our inner fairy tale princess.
Riccardo Tisci is known to show a small immaculate collection for Givenchy
's couture line. For fall, the designer was all about the back. His intricately crafted creations were placed against a woodsy scenery, elevating the warrior element of the furs, woven leather, and armor bejewelment.
Jean Paul Gaultier
had a hard act to follow after his Spring '12 ode to Amy Winehouse
, but the eccentric designer outdid himself yet again. This season he brought us extreme Art Deco designs complete with fur, fringe, and red lipstick. We're dying to see which pop princess steps out in one of his transparent beaded jumpsuits first.
's Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli are not ones to disappoint in the couture department. The duo continued to channel their signature regal beauty with rich brocades, embroidered chiffons, long sleeves, and translucent florals. Of course, the show wouldn't have been complete without a Valentino red piece or three.