The Best of Paris Haute Couture: Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Elie Saab, More

From Giambattista Valli's Haute Couture debut to Christian Dior's first couture show in over a decade without John Galliano at the helm -- a complete look at the latest couture shows to come from Paris.

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Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2011: It was the first Dior couture show without John Galliano at the helm in over a decade. Bill Gaytten, studio director of Dior, played a large role in putting the collection together. Reviews have been mixed: The New York Times called the collection a "hodgepodge" while Reuters reported that Dior's couture customers (among them a New York socialite and a Saudi Arabian princess) were actually quite pleased with the collection.
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Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2011
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Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall 2011: This collection marked Giambattista Valli's haute couture debut. There were 44 looks in the collection which includes flower embroidery, feathers, tulle and bows (basically a haute couture checklist). Despite the handwork involved the shapes were decidedly wearable, from shirt dresses to Grecian gowns.
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Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall 2011
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Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2011: Beside a backdrop of a neon lit up Place Vendome, with a robot Coco Chanel looking down on the city of Paris, Karl Lagerfeld put out a collection inspired by Coco's life in the 1920s through the 1950s. Tweed suits (a Chanel signature of course) and evening looks referencing Paul Poiret were standouts.
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Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2011
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Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall 2011: Elie Saab scaled back on embellishments with his most recent couture collection. This red carpet favorite will be a shoe-in come Oscar time.
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Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall 2011
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Givenchy Haute Couture Fall 2011
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Givenchy Haute Couture Fall 2011: Riccardo Tisci is garnering a reputation as the couturier for a modern era. This most recent collection is all about purity. Details like pearls, crystals and ostrich add to the lux feel of the collection.
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Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2011: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli's most recent couture collection for Valentino is all about tulle, transparency and florals. Taking cues from medieval fashions the collection has a nostalgic feel, with all of the handwork you would expect from a major couture house.
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Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2011
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Alexis Mabille Haute Couture Fall 2011: Alexis Mabille is quietly growing his reputation as the couturier for the modern woman. This most recent collection was comprised of tulle capes, studded evening gowns and feathers galore.
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Alexis Mabille Haute Couture Fall 2011
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Alexis Mabille Haute Couture Fall 2011
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Giorgio Armani Privé Haute Couture Fall 2011: Giorgio Armani, fresh from designing Charlene Wittstock's wedding gown, dedicated this collection to Japan and the tsunami victims. He was also inspired by the country's rich fashion history: There were florals, obi belts and slim suits. Milliner Philip Treacy created the collection's stunning hats.
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Giorgio Armani Privé Haute Couture Fall 2011
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Giorgio Armani Privé Haute Couture Fall 2011
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Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture Fall 2011: Stéphane Rolland, a veteran of Balenciaga, began showing couture in 2007. This collection, comprised primarily of high drama gowns, billowing capes and satin catsuits, was sculptural and cinematic.
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Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture Fall 2011
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Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall 2011: The Parisian master referenced Black Swan and the ballet in his most recent lavish couture show. Mylene Farmer, the most successful French recording artist of all time, even took a turn on the catwalk.
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Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall 2011
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Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall 2011
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Julien Fournié Haute Couture Fall 2011: A favorite of Beyonce, Julien Fournié showed a truly wearable couture collection including perfectly cut trousers and cocktail frocks.
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Julien Fournié Haute Couture Fall 2011
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House of Worth Haute Couture Fall 2011: The House of Worth, founded in the 1850s by Charles Frederick Worth, has been re-born with Giovanni Bedin as designer. This season is all about the corset.
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Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall 2011: Beirut-based Lebanese born Zuhair Murad's gowns are un-missable on the red carpet. The designer has a clear taste for gowns fit for a Princess (and in Murad's case, that is likely who will be buying them).
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Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall 2011
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