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Nine red-carpet looks from Paris Haute Couture

Live from Paris, The Globe's Amy Verner picks the best looks from Haute Couture that are a good bet to grace the frames of our celebrity finest in the coming seasons

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Donatella Versace seemed to be focused on a midstate of undress; panels of dresses appeared undone, revealing provocative glimpses of black, lacy lingerie. Hook-and-eye closures were used as a contouring detail but also to suggest the frisson between done up and undone. Consider it a clever couture update on Elizabeth Hurley’s memorable safety-pin dress.

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Knowing that Giambattista Valli had porcelain and bone china on his mind when designing his fifth haute couture collection, you can imagine the pretty plate that played muse for this Meissen-inspired dress. It’s exactly the type of fresh, ingénue look that a stylist might select for Taylor Swift.

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The futuristic city that lay beyond the ruins of Chanel’s theatre staging is exactly where you’d want to wear a dress like this; the ultra-fine, filmy silver material proves that the house remains avant-garde, even as Karl Lagerfeld continues to mine its past. Picture this on a fashion-forward star like Chanel muse Diane Kruger.


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No one is going to find fault with this dress from Giorgio Armani Privé. Even Anne Hathaway haters might relent and approve.


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Traditionally, Jean Paul Gaultier will show his twist on a wedding dress for the show’s finale. This time, he designed a wedding suit with exaggerated curves – just the type of statement Madonna could consider for a red-carpet appearance.

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While Elie Saab showed dresses in deep carmine red, this stone-colored one is a more contemporary, less conventional alternative. Saab is a go-to designer for stars who are unapologetic about glamour – think Beyoncé or Fergie.


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Kanye West already bought the entire collection of masks from last season’s Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal collection. So it seems entirely plausible that we could see a look like this on Kim Kardashian (once she’s lost her baby weight). Heck, we could even see it on Kanye himself (he has worn Celine women’s wear in the past).


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Iris van Herpen collaborated with Canadian architect Philip Beesley on a number of the engineered materials. This one, made mostly from silicone, comes across as a cross between a rubbery palm frond and a spiky feather. Which is to say, it’s perfect for Lady Gaga’s next tour.

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While Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli made sure to include a few stunning dresses in the house’s signature red, the one that stood out from the pack combined deep burgundy velvet with an Elizabethan botanical brocade. Certainly it’s more highbrow Hollywood – something that Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara or Zoe Saldana could pull off.

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