Couture Week Cheat Sheet: All the Shows You May Have Missed

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That's a wrap on couture week! Miles of tulle, mountains of sequins, and truckloads of beads made their way (slowly — all that handmade gorgeousness is heavy) down the Paris runways this week, and we rounded up photos of the hottest couture creations in all of their over-the-top glory.

In case you missed them, here are highlights from a handful of the week's buzziest shows, complete with links to our StyleBistro galleries, where you can ogle every outfit. Click on any of the below images to see all the looks from that show! 

Christian Dior
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Raf Simons' haute couture creations for Christian Dior definitely had a theme — springtime. Models circled the Tuileries gardens icy blue and acid yellow looks, which eventually gave way to gowns embellished with three-dimensional blossoms. 

Giambattista Valli


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Giambattista Valli has only turned out four couture collections, but he's already got the hang of this haute thing. The mostly neutral lineup featured some of the designer's signature shapes — vase-like silhouettes, midi dresses, staggered hemlines — done up in abstract animal prints, complicated embroidered florals, and feathers. 

Chanel


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At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld's slightly hungover Marie Antoinettes paraded down the Grand Palais catwalk in nubby tweed separates, floral-embellished evening looks (we're sensing a couture trend here), and shredded evening gowns with high-low hems — the better to show off their over-the-knee skintight leather boots. 

Armani

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Giorgio Armani's couture collection was inspired by scepters — which makes total sense, considered the wand-like objects rolled into folds of fabric on his designs' lapels and waistbands. Models walked to runway in luxe red and saffron satins cut into Art Deco-inspired shapes, their looks topped off with jaunty black fez hats. 

Elie Saab


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Elie Saab knows how to design a red carpet dress  — we could see any one of his couture creations on his celebrity clients. Who do you think will show up at the Oscars in one of these delicate, floaty pastel looks? 

Jean Paul Gaultier


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Jean Paul Gaultier took his inspiration from India this season, sending models out in embroidered, floor-sweeping skirts and shoulder-dusting earrings. Of course, the designer's signature stripes were present too, as were his bustier silhouettes. 

Valentino

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Valentino dressed his models in delicate looks topped off with curlicued overlays that looked like iron gates. The garden party vibe continued with shimmery leaves snaking up evening looks, and dresses printed with hedge maze patterns.
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