With each couture season that passes, we’re left in awe of the wild and wonderful creations. But more than anything, if we’re to be honest, it’s a pleasure just to indulge in those breathtaking gowns that simply do everything a gown is meant to do and more, building upon the timeless and the classic.

They’re the floor-sweeping silks, the billowy chiffons, the body-hugging laces and the ballerina-like tulles. They’re the glory of intricate beading and the beauty of elaborate florals; or the minimalistic grace of a perfect cut. They’re the kind of dresses that caught our eye for haute couture fall/winter 2014 – and we’ve rounded up 10 of the best after the break.

Giambattista Valli is the go-to for luscious floral appliqués. This particular dress feels far more like it belongs in the springtime, but perhaps that’s part of the appeal. Also worth a peek are Valli’s slinky silk numbers in hues of purple, paired effortlessly as they were with white headscarves and sunglasses.

See all of Giambattista Valli fall 2014 couture.

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Valentino’s collection had so many beautiful gowns, it’s difficult to highlight just one. Judging by your response on Facebook, this diaphanous, Grecian number was a hit – and rightly so. Despite the muted colour, the soft drapes of fabric and hint of romanesque sandals underneath makes it simply divine.

See all of Valentino fall 2014 couture.

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Ulyana Sergeenko may be a street style queen, but it’s her collections that somehow always manage to truly delight. This gown brings the angles of a Tamara de Lempicka painting to life with its panelled bustier and flowing skirt in the most vibrant of painterly colours.

See all of Ulyana Sergeenko fall 2014 couture.

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Alexis Mabille proved that there’s more to beautiful couture gowns than silk and chiffon – especially for the winter season. This look was a favourite for its rich green velvet and exposed under-corset.

See all of Alexis Mabille fall 2014 couture.

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What would couture week be without some white lace? Ralph & Russo created this form-fitting dress with immaculately detailed, sparkling lace and sheer panels.

See all of Ralph & Russo fall 2014 couture.

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Elie Saab is famous for being a King of couture, always stealing breaths with each series of audibly embellished gowns that works through a gradient palette of colours. This couture collection had plenty of gorgeous gowns, and this soft pink beaded dress was just one of them.

See all of Elie Saab fall 2014 couture.

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To the glamorous side comes Zuhair Murad, not holding back an inch on the vibrant colours and heavy details. A fuchsia minidress with a billow of overlay made for a typically show-stopping piece by Murad.

See all Zuhair Murad fall 2014 couture.

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And speaking of show-stopping, could that word ever not be applicable to Versace? Atelier Versace’s thigh-baring dress got a reworking for fall 2014 in sumptuous black and midnight blue, making for a unique yet completely striking finished result. Also check out the full collection for the slick, metal-embellished gowns and unusual asymmetries.

See all Atelier Versace fall 2014.

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There’s just something divine about a shade of cornflower blue imagined into a gown like this one. With icicle-like crystal embellishments at the neck and waist, On Aura Tout Vu’s dress was fit for a mythical snow queen.

See all On Aura Tout Vu fall 2014 couture.

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Last but certainly not least, who knows how to merge sex appeal with couture beauty like Alexandre Vauthier? His sheer gowns were both soft and yet sensual, showing skin beneath beautiful fabric and detailing. The floor-length black dress has never had too many reinventions.

See all Alexandre Vauthier fall 2014 couture.

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For all of the couture collection coverage, including runway galleries, beauty and backstage, head to our runway section.

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