This week was Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, and there might be only a handful of people in the world who are able to use the shows as a shopping opportunity. But for those of us without the budget for one-of-a-kind Chanel or an invite to the Oscars, it makes for a great game of fantasy dressing. And thankfully, the likes of Dior, Chanel, Ralph & Russo and Elie Saab didn't let us down this season.
Lily-Rose Depp was Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel bride this year (a gig that's considered a huge coup in the modelling world), and she wore a gigantic peony-pink ruffled gown with the most exquisite shoulder and back detailing we have seen in some time. Newly appointed Creative Director at Dior Maria Grazia Chiuri also made her couture debut this week with a number of delicate chiffon gowns destined for an Academy Award Best Actress nominee or a very lucky bride. So if you want to see some of the most beautiful dresses in the entire world, look no further.
Scroll through below to see our picks of the five most swoon-worthy gowns from the couture shows.
Elie Saab specialises in masterful embellishment, and this caped, golden, sheer gown is a real beauty destined for Bohemian brides.
Dior's champagne-pink tulle dress with delicate floral embroidery on the skirt and sleeves is one of the most romantic gowns of the week.
Ralph & Russo
This Ralph & Russo gown has a flattering white lace halter neck that cascades into a huge feathered skirt—one for a cathedral bride.
Giambattista Valli always creates the biggest, most spectacular tulle dresses, and this year, the designer brought us wedding couture in a big way with a strapless tiered yellow gown.
Lily-Rose Depp closed the Chanel show in a pale, sugary-pink gown with a belted bodice, and sleeves and train covered in elaborate ruffles. It's the ultimate fantasy wedding gown, no?
If you don't quite have the budget for haute couture, see our edit of the 18 best high-street wedding dresses…