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Luxuriously kooky: The best of Paris Couture Fashion Week

Couture collections are a highlight on the fashion calendar, often featuring luxurious, fabulous fashion with a bit of wacky thrown in. At this week's fall-winter 2012 couture shows in Paris (July 1-5), designers didn't disappoint. Take a look through some of our favorite designs and let us know in the comments below which you like best. Christian DiorDior's show is always hotly anticipated but t
A model at Gaultier's show steps out in a gold corset, hair net, and not much more.
A model at Gaultier's show steps out in a gold corset, hair net, and not much more.Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Couture collections are a highlight on the fashion calendar, often featuring luxurious, fabulous fashion with a bit of wacky thrown in. At this week's fall-winter 2012 couture shows in Paris (July 1-5), designers didn't disappoint. Take a look through some of our favorite designs and let us know in the comments below which you like best. 

Christian Dior

Dior's show is always hotly anticipated but this year, with the debut of new designer Raf Simons, excitement was running even higher than usual. There was plenty of black featured, along with red and yellow on simple and elegantly cut dresses, jackets and pants.

Christian Dior's new designer Raf Simons used bright colors and interesting patterns to highlight his elegant designs.Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images
Fur was seen throughout the collections at Paris couture week. At Dior, a model shows off a little black dress made entirely of fur.Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images
A model at Christian Dior's fall-winter 2012 show shows off a textured pastel dress.Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Jean-Paul Gaultier

Gaultier's show is always a couture week highlight for fun, out-there designs. This season the feted designer featured top hats, along with plenty of collars, chokers, fur and lots of black at this dramatic show.

Gaultier tops off this model's white wedding dress with a signature hat from his fall-winter 2012 couture collection.Jacques Brinon / AP
A model at Gaultier's show steps out in a gold corset, hair net, and not much more.Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images
Gaultier decadent designs featured fur along with square patterns at his fall-winter show.Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images
This fur-edged cape and patterned dress stood out at French designer Gaultier's show on Wednesday.Jacques Brinon / AP

 

Chanel

Light grey, pink and silver were the colors of the day at Chanel. Suits and dresses featured plenty of feminine touches like ruffles, while sparkly silver tights were shown with many of the shorter styles.

Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld stuck closely to a palette of grey, pink and silver in the fall-winter show.Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images
Feathers and fishnet stand out on this model at Chanel's couture show on Tuesday.Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

 

Giambattista Valli

It was floral patterns and ruffles galore at Italian designer Giambattista Valli's show on Monday. Deep reds and greens were popular with most of the dresses featuring high collars and wide skirts. 

High collars ruled at Italian designer Giambattista Valli's show.Pierre Verdy / AFP - Getty Images
Valli also showed plenty of floral prints and ruffles during his fall-winter 2012 show in Paris.Benoit Tessier / Reuters

Which are your favorites? Let us know in the comments section?

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