The Top 20 Looks from Paris

Paris designers offered up splashy '80s-inspired ensembles and sleek minimalism.

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Balmain's elaborate embroidered jackets and diamond-checked separates had a wacky-luxe vibe that called to mind over-the-top trends in the '80s.
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Gaultier was also feeling nostalgic for the glitzy '80s, and offered up rock glam ensembles inspired by pop icons like Blondie, David Bowie and Madonna.
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Looking a little further back in time, Marc Jacobs revisited the swinging '60s in a dramatic collection for Louis Vuitton, which presented complimenting checkered mod ensembles in "twin" format (after models descended a series of dizzyingly-tall escalators).
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At Miu Miu, classic Hollywood glamour provided inspiration for jewel-tone cocktail dresses finished with Art Deco prints and shimmery crystal accents.
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Alexander McQueen's otherworldly ensembles were given a feminine spin for spring 2013, with gowns festooned in bright white flowers and models sporting lacquered, wide-brim hats.
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Don't expect the polka-dot to go anywhere next spring: at Chanel, the look was given a super-luxe twist rendered in tiny pearls.
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The trend also showed up on Haider Ackermann's catwalk, where this semi-sheer polka dot gown was shown with a coordinating pair of satin "genie" pants.
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On the more playful end of the polka-dot spectrum, Nina Ricci finished this swishy pink cocktail dress with giant red dots.
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Sleek, minimalists looks are still going strong in Paris, and Valentino offered up the perfect take on the trend with this creamy peach evening gown, which was finished with subtle lantern sleeves.
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Stella McCartney's cool slouchy shirt-dresses have become something of a brand signature. For spring, the UK-based designer rejuvenated the look in bright kelly green.
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Hedi Slimane's much-anticipated debut at Yves Saint Laurent featured moody, sheer silk ensembles like this dramatic black evening gown with a plunging V-neckline, which was shown with a floppy brim cap and statement geometric necklace.
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Among our favorite looks to show in Paris, Chloe paired its perfectly oversized separates—like this flower-embellished blouse and slouchy culotte—with dainty metallic mary janes.
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Givenchy's dramatic ruffled spring ready-to-wear is sure to be a hit among fashion devotees like Anna Dello Russo and Michelle Harper.
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The house of John Galliano seems to be moving in a decidedly avant garde—even Commes des Garcons-like—direction for spring '13, with rumpled silk separates and tulle-topped chapeaus.
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Whatever Celine does, the rest of the fashion industry is sure to follow; so prepare yourself for hundreds of iterations of this elegant, v-necked evening look, which features a mesh panel along the neck.
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Prints held sway over New York, London and Milan, and sure enough, the look cropped up in Paris, too; Kenzo's bold orange and turquoise florals felt particularly fetching on sexy spaghetti strap sundresses.
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Raf Simons continued to put his modern, fashion-forward stamp on the house of Dior with more voluminous, "U" shaped skirts—a cheeky, but no less sophisticated take on the brand's famous "New Look" from the 1940's.
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The unofficial outfitter of "cool girls" the world over, Isabel Marant's tropical "Hawaii" sweatshirt and lattice-print shorts and sure to sell out come spring '13.
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Alber Elbaz may be known for his alluring cocktail dress creations, but the man knows his way around a tailored suit; here, a structured tuxedo look from spring '13 with an asymmetrical collar.
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While the mood was more minimal in Paris, romantic looks like Carven's baby blue halter dress with a stomach cut-out still made appearances on the runway.
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