The 10 Prettiest Photos from Spring 2016 Couture Fashion Week

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture
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There's something so immensely enjoyable about a one-of-a-kind couture creation that exists, not as something that's functional or practical by any means, but as a subject of beauty. The number of shows during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week may be small, but its line-up is guaranteed to be packed with beyond extraordinary designs that have the power to make us weep with joy.

The spring 2016 collections, of course, were no exception. Giorgio Armani sent out ethereal gowns with each washed in the sweetest shade of lavender that he eventually hardened with streaks of black for contrast. Elie Saab, the mastermind behind princessy ball gowns on the red carpet, did his thing with exquisite beadwork and embroidery. We rounded up these detail shots, which include gorgeous set designs, like Chanel's wooden doll house, and playful moments like Anna Cleveland striking a dramatic pose at Jean Paul Gaultier. Click through to see the prettiest photos from Couture Fashion Week.

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Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Giambattista Valli Haute Couture
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Frothy tiers of tulle spanned the width (and length) of the runway.

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Giorgio Armani Privé

Giorgio Armani Privé 
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A flutter of lavender pleats left us wanting more.

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Elie Saab Haute Couture

Elie Saab Haute Couture
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Strands of beads swished with every step.

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Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture

Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture
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A high-slit siren-red gown revealed a flash of leg.

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Chanel Haute Couture

Chanel Haute Couture
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Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into a calm, eco-inspired set, complete with a wooden dollhouse.

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Dior Haute Couture

Dior Haute Couture
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Vaulted mirrored walls was the perfect backdrop to see each couture creation at every angle.

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Valentino Haute Couture

Valentino Haute Couture
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Models went barefoot, treading on petals in gilded jewelry chains wrapped around each ankle.

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Yiqing Yin Couture

Yiqing Yin Couture
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A statement-making entrance.

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Atelier Versace

Atelier Versace 
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Gigi Hadid led the army of models for the finale.

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Jean Paul Gaultier Couture

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture
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Anna Cleveland struck a dramatic pose during her turn on the runway.

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