You could easily call it a cliche, or you could accept as a small reality, whichever the case we can’t help but feel that the haute couture week is in point of fact measured in moments that take your breath away. Chills and butterflies often complete the dreamy scenario made of billowy silhouettes, ethereal laces, striking embroideries and dainty, flowy fabrics.

A fantasy that keeps on giving, haute couture builds on the kind of dresses that are best described as heart-stirring, perhaps even awe-inspiring, definitely breathtaking. And we’ve rounded up 10 of the best after the break.

Trimmed in ostrich plumes and glazed with hundreds of delicate sequins and crystals, Elie Saab’s dramatic sheer silhouette talks about the romance of an era long gone, but in doing so it discreetly redefines the concept of modern elegance:

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best haute couture gowns spring 2015

Celebrating the true spirit of spring with its dreamy pastel shade and stunning floral embroidery, the delicate silhouette at Georges Hobeika felt much like a walking dream, its glory fit for royalty, its splendor fit for a hopeless romantic:

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best haute couture gowns spring 2015

Paying homage to femininity in a way that feels utterly effortless, Tony Ward’s take on haute couture is made soft and sensual for spring, with subtle crystal embellishments placed at the waist being set off with deep plunges and thigh-high slits:

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Best haute couture gowns spring 2015

Divine would be a fit word to describe the core of Valentino’s romantic tulle silhouette embroidered with rainbows, but somehow it still wouldn’t do it justice. Echoing the most beautiful sentiments of all, the gown appeared to be carved straight out of a fairytale:

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best haute couture gowns spring 2015

When Giambattista Valli goes big, he does it without holding back, and as a result an acid-pastel fantasy of a gown was born on the spring couture runways. And something about its exaggerated proportions meeting the poetic ruffles in perfect harmony managed to sweep us of our feet and take us back decades to a dreamy place and time:

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best haute couture gowns spring 2015

Perhaps Versace doesn’t do dreamy when it comes to haute couture, but showstopping is something the brand relishes in, its body-hugging silhouette, beautifully beaded yet impossibly sensual, making for the perfect example of provocative artistry:

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best haute couture gowns spring 2015

At Giorgio Armani Prive, it was the delicacy and strength describing the bamboo to influence the string of organza embroidered evening silhouettes cast in glorious blues. Bamboo motifs and subtle transparencies made for quite the distinct statement this season:

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best haute couture gowns spring 2015

Luxuriously embellished and brimming with sexiness, Alexandre Vauthier’s form-fitting couture silhouette is the kind made for the eternal bombshell, or perhaps the modern femme fatal, but this doesn’t take away from its glory, quite the opposite:

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best haute couture gowns spring 2015

Making for another designer to have chosen to highlight the woman figure in divine couture creations, Alexis Mabille went with a sublime lingerie feel for his standout silhouette made whole with floral embroideries in 3D, alluring blocks of transparency and delicate lace inserts:

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best haute couture gowns spring 2015

A new silhouette and a new take on volume were used to breath new life into Stephane Rolland’s majestic couture collection for spring. Adorned with 3D embroideries and caught in full bloom, the gown chosen to close the show had sublime written all over it:

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best haute couture gowns spring 2015

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