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by: Nicole Allen

Between Jan. 24 and Jan. 28, the spring 2016 couture week showcased over 20 designers who displayed their most lavish creations. Here are the top five moments of the week:

#1: Zuhair Murad

The house really brought their A-game this couture week. The looks from the show had a very Victorian feel, including lace corsets with flowing full bottoms. The house also had a lot of beautiful sheer dresses, as well as a jaw dropping wedding dress that is pictured above.

#2 Beaded Dresses:

Everyone from Givenchy to Versace showcased beautiful beaded dresses. Armani used an exceptionally exquisite beaded dress in a mauve color on his runway. Hopefully these dresses will appear on some of the celebrities this award season.

#3 The disappointment at Dior:

As most know, Dior’s beloved creative director, Raf Simons, left the house as well as his number two in charge, Pieter Mulier. This left the design team with Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux as the heads of Dior, while the house tries to fill Simons’ and Mulier’s void. Though the collection stayed true to the Dior aesthetic with younger vibes, the collection was too causal to be considered couture. Not one ball gown was shown, leaving the question of “What will Jennifer Lawrence wear to the Oscars?”

#4 Chanel takes a stand:

This season, Chanel is taking a stand against fast fashion. The house went with a more tranquil scene compared to its spring/summer 2016 airport setting show held in September. Lagerfeld and team used recycled paper, wild cotton, 3-D frills and woodchips to help touch up their couture pieces on the runway this season. The shows finale look was a ball gown made of 100 percent recycled cotton that had everyone’s heads turning.

#5 Floral Dresses:

The theme of floral, which was widely used in September, is still popular on the runways. Designers like Elie Saab, Dior and Chanel have used flowers on their pieces this season. Let’s see if the trend continues on the runways for fall/winter 2016.

Couture week is unfortunately at an end. However, the runways won’t be empty for long. New York Fashion week kicks off the fall/winter 2016 fashion month in a few weeks!