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See the top trends from Paris Couture Fashion Week

What patterns did we discern from a week of high couture from the runways of Paris? Click through to find out

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Trend No. 1: Embroidery Despite rich handiwork that plied on the textures, there was a light decadence to the embellishments at Elie Saab and Valentino.

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Embroidery from the Elie Saab 2011/12 fall couture collection.

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Embroidery from the Valentino 2011/12 fall couture collection.

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Trend No. 2: Plumage Feathers flew in every form as Alexis Mabille and Jean Paul Gaultier took on decidedly animalistic themes. Seen here: Plumage from the Jean Paul Gaultier 2011/12 fall couture collection.

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More plumage from the Jean Paul Gaultier 2011/12 fall couture collection.

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Plumage from the Alexis Mabille 2011/12 fall couture collection.

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Trend No. 3: Peplums A curious collection of ruffled hems appeared across the board, but none as statement-making as those at Chanel.

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Peplums from the Chanel 2011/12 fall couture collection.

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Peplums from the Christian Dior 2011/12 fall couture collection.

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