The Autumn Winter couture season of 2010 wrapped up in Paris yesterday, and the with it came the usual storm of commentary regarding the relevance of haute couture. Does it matter? Will it survive? Can a babydoll dress really be called couture?
This conversation's been going on for years, or at least since Christian Dior declared the art dead in the 70s, but regardless of just how long it'll hang in there, one thing's for sure: Designers continue to churn out some of the most stunning, inspiring dresses during the seasons few short days.
The Valentino creation on Freja at left kicks off our top five looks.
Givenchy: This is the ultimate couture look -- it's basically glued onto Natasha's body and show's Ricardo Tisci's almost insane attention to rich detail. And who doesn't want feathers at their feet?
Elie Saab: Some lucky lady will get to wear this on the red carpet -- and she'll manage to stand out even though it's already a bright scarlet. Red lace always works, and the details at the neck couldn't be more flattering.
Jean Paul Gaultier: The rich 70’s style of this look is brilliant...
Alexis Mabille: But so is the casual elegance of Alexis Mabille's dainty white top and skinny trousers. The lace is so intricate, but the cut gives it a young, easy feel which is refreshing for couture!
Chanel: Coordinating your top with your boots could get awkward, but Karl Lagerfeld makes it work. Surprise! The play on proportions of the top and dress make it really stand out against the other looks.