20 Couture Gowns That’ll Make You Drool (I Did!)

It’s Couture Fashion Week in Paris right now, with Chanel, Dior, Versace and Giambattista Valli among the designers offering up their most dream-worthy, one-of-a-kind creations.

If you’re wondering what exactly “couture fashion week” is — and how it differs from the other fashion weeks happening in February and March — picture what you’d wear in your ultimate fashion fairytale. Or that amazing gray (or was it purple?) ball gown (you know, the one with the endless ruffles) that Carrie Bradshaw falls asleep in after moving to Paris for Alexander Petrovsky (see Season 6: Part II).

Needless to say, the couture collections are filled with fashion eye-candy (and craftsmanship) of the highest caliber. And while most of us don’t have anywhere nearly that fabulous to wear such creations to, it’s soooooo much fun to ogle over them anyway!

It was tough, but I narrowed down the couture confections to the top gowns I’d wear for my Cinderella moment in my very own fashion fairytale.

 

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Giambattista Valli - Catwalk

Hmm … could this Giambattista Valli gown have been the inspiration behind Jessica Biel’s watercolor wedding gown?

 

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Giambattista Valli - Catwalk

Now these are some flowers I can get behind! Thank you again, Giambattista Valli.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Giambattista Valli - Catwalk

I’m all about embroidery these days — and three-quarter hemlines. So basically, Giambattista Valli just introduced my Spring look.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Chanel - Catwalk

 

This is how I do ball gowns — downplay the showstopping elegance with a casual touch (aka the t-shirt sleeve) for an effortless vibe. I could see Tory Burch wearing this Chanel gown, so maybe that’s why  I’m so into it?

 

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Chanel - Catwalk

 

Wow. Many a man has tried (sorry, dear, wonderful fiancé!), but Karl Lagerfeld may just be the only man who can make me fall for flowers. That ladylike silhouette and faux off-the-shoulder T-shirt neckline may have something to do with it…

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Chanel - Catwalk

I don’t typically like to go there, but this purple puff of perfection calls for an OMG. What I’d pay to have the chance to wear something like that. This has Diane Kruger at the Venice Film Festival written all over it.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Chanel - Catwalk

I think I’ve died and gone to couture heaven. Again, this has Diane Kruger’s lucky name written all over it.

 

 

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Chanel - Catwalk

Hello, Kristen Stewart, meet your new best friend. Chanel’s sheer gown is far more elegant than some of those see-through styles you’ve been wearing lately.

 

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Chanel - Catwalk

I think I want to wear this to my wedding. I know Penelope Cruz is far more likely to wear this to her next red carpet event.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Chanel - Catwalk

And this is what makes Karl Lagerfeld the king of couture. Coco Chanel would be proud.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Giambattista Valli - Catwalk

A ball gown with pants? Or pants with a ball gown? I don’t know what’s going on there but I like it. The front-slit is holding strong, playing peek-a-boo with pants now instead of a mini skirt.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Giambattista Valli - Catwalk

Sheer tutus are my new thing thanks to GV. This is perfect for Hollywood’s younger set.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Giambattista Valli - Catwalk

In case you’ve tried to ignore it, like me — yellow is going to be big this spring. Now if I am subjected to the hell that is known as being a bridesmaid again, I am so requesting this dress. Brides-to-be (including moi): If you’re going to make your girls wear something pastel and girly, model it after this.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Giambattista Valli - Catwalk

The bow-embellished one-shoulder neckline is just the perfect way to wrap up this printed package.

 

 

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Giambattista Valli - Catwalk

GV’s rock candy couture has me smitten.

 

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

I love the almost 3-D construction of this skirt – it seems to come to life. And the black stripes create an eye-catching illusion and offset the pale pink ballet skirt to make this one of my faves from the Dior runway.

 

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

Um, yeah, so I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I LOVE this dress.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture

The thing about Dior’s couture collection is that, unlike Chanel, none of the pieces seem to fit together all that well. take this yellow column gown — the minimalistic design could be courtesy of Calvin Klein, but the pairing of the column silhouette with subtle architectural construction could only come from the genius that is Raf Simons, now at the helm of Dior.

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Giambattista Valli - Catwalk

Ethereal, airy with subtle sparkle and just enough volume … I’m in love with this GV look as well.

 

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring 2013 - Giambattista Valli - Catwalk

The modern girl’s ball gown. Gwyneth will likely be showing off her stems in this GV look.

 

 

 

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