The Best Elaborate Gowns and One-of-a-Kind Dresses from Paris Haute Couture Spring 2017

This week, the fashion set descended upon the City of Lights for a week-long marathon of Haute Couture runway shows. Full of intricate and one-of-a-kind handcrafted gowns, luxe, sequined separates, and other over-the-top creations, this is what fashion dreams are truly made of. W’s Fashion Market Director, Rickie De Sole, is on the ground in Paris to view the latest haute couture collections, from the fairytale forest wonderland of Dior to Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel House of Mirrors, complete with Lily-Rose Depp as a blushing bride. Here, her favorite looks from couture week. Bring on the tulle and sequins!

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2017
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Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Christian Dior couture debut was completely dreamy. The show was set inside a faux forest at the Musée Rodin, the models were nymph-like in pastel tulle and floral gowns.

Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring Summer 2017

Legendary fashion house Schiaparelli is synonymous with surrealism, and the spring collection played to the codes of the house, evidenced here with a Haute Couture lobster gown.

Atelier Versace Spring Summer 2017
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Who says haute couture has to be all about long ball gowns? Atelier Versace gave some very convincing reasons to go short, such as this mesh and beaded number that is as light as a feather.

Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2017
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Bring on the glitz! Karl Lagerfeld put on a fantastic couture show that gave the Chanel client everything from chic suiting to mirrored and feathered ball gowns.

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Spring Summer 2017
Pascal Le Segretain

No one brings the drama at couture quite like Giambattista Valli – and the spring collection was no exception. Every phone in the room raised in anticipation of getting a picture of this bigger-is-better gown as it passed by.

Giorgio Armani Prive Spring Summer 2017

Orange is the new black? That was the direction at Armani last night where nearly every look came in a shade of tangerine, cantaloupe and mango. Nicole Kidman watched from the front row–perhaps searching for her Oscar gown, having been nominated earlier that morning.