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If you’re even remotely interested in fashion, Paris Couture Week is the stuff of dreams, and we’ve been poring over the latest collections obsessively. For a brief digest of the most showstopping looks, scroll down for 14 of our favorites.

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Paging Cate Blanchett...

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Like it or not, the naked dress is still a thing. We will say, though, that the contrast between the sheer fabric and the high collar is a welcome update.

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Giambattista Valli

We expect no less from the man who created Rihanna’s epic Grammys gown.

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We’ve always loved a good fantasy-garden vest.

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Can someone (cough, Emma Stone) wear this to the Oscars?

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Yes, that is a lobster embroidered above the right breast, next to the pussy bow, and yes, this is what we want to wear to every formal event for the rest of our lives.

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Elie Saab

Nothing against Saab’s normal color palette (pastel and sparkles) and silhouette (A-line princess gowns), but this peg-leg pant-dress is glorious.

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Speaking of departures: Karl Lagerfeld took Chanel in a refreshing direction of sharp tailoring and youthful embellishments (ya know, between the requisite tweed suits).

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Zuhair Murad

Murad, known for slinky, sparkly J.Lo-approved numbers, also branched out, presenting more modern takes on evening dressing, like this incredible pants and trained-jacket combo.

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Alexandre Vauthier

This is like the red-carpet version of an Old Navy American flag T-shirt, yeah?  

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Ulyana Sergeenko

Again, very into the modest high-neck situation (and midnight blue.)

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Maison Margiela

Perhaps the first time we’ve used “haunting” as a positive outfit descriptor.

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Jean Paul Gaultier

You can always count on Gaultier to deliver authentic couture drama, and his latest collection is no exception.

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Guo Pei

Presenting the out-of-this-world, 85-year-old Carmen Dell’Orefice, who wore the hell out of a gown that may or may not be used in the next revival of La Cage aux Folles.

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