Picking out 10 of the most breathtaking haute couture gowns showcased during Paris fashion week (PFW) is close to an impossible task. If our eyes are set on seeking beauty on the catwalk, they will make sure to find it hidden in every single one of the precious details, cuts, appliques and hand embroideries. But in all of the amazingness of couture, the following gowns did succeeded in standing out.

Without further ado and in no particular order, here are 10 of the most awe-inspiring couture dresses from the fall 2013 runways of Paris, you really wouldn’t want to miss out on.

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Giambattista Valli channeled porcelain goddesses in his exquisitely fine couture collection. Dipped in a delicious hue and barring an intricate, yet controlled silhouette, this canary yellow gown met the highest of expectations.

See more: Giambattista Valli Haute Couture fall 2013.

Proving once more that black is anything but boring, Stephane Rolland infused his collection with a perfect dose of sensuality. Barely touching ground, this dark beauty proved to be a rare mix of timeless elegance and modern sexiness.

See more: Stephane Rolland Haute Couture fall 2013.

Just like a painted fantasy gently moving before your eyes, this pale blue and gold dress designed by Alexis Mabille brought a touch of drama on the runway, cascading in a plenitude of painterly printed white flowers.

See more: Alexis Mabille Haute Couture fall 2013.

During an Elie Saab fashion show you have no choice other than repeatedly falling in love with any of his mesmerizing gowns. This season, a series of ruby red dream dresses came down the runway, keen on stealing hearts while sparkling in hundreds of densely scattered sequins.

See more: Elie Saab Haute Couture fall 2013.

Unapologetic sexiness is the Versace staple – and for couture fall 2013, it manifested in opaque gowns cut away to reveal lingerie-like details. Contrasting to the usual prettiness and elegance of couture, Versace brought something unique and utterly show-stopping.

See more: Versace Atelier Haute Couture fall 2013.

Appearing as carved out from the pages of an old fairytale book, this splendid black number envisioned by Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko blurs the line between fantasy and reality, highlighting the edge of couture in exchange.

See more: Ulyana Sergeenko Haute Couture fall 2013.

If wearing art under the form of a couture dress should gift you with any particular emotions, utter joy, enthusiasm and pride should stand somewhere at the top of the list. Which wouldn’t be all that hard to achieve with a dress as stunning as this one designed by Yiqing Yin.

See more: Yiqing Yin Haute Couture fall 2013.

Liberating, intricate and seductive, without letting go of any of the qualities that turn a garment into a full statement of femininity, the couture dress at Dior shines its own aura. Encapsulating a whole deal of worldly inspiration, it still manages to look clean and relevant.

See more: Dior Haute Couture fall 2013.

For a dress that evokes an “Enchanted Forest” as main inspiration, it’s no wonder this nude tulle design with iridescent twigs signed by Zuhair Murad came to view as an extension of a bewitching reality.

See more: Zuhair Murad Haute Couture fall 2013.

Ever so graceful and wrapped in mystery, the gowns at Valentino often exceed the grounds of couture. A work of art rather than a dress, this is the exact kind of perfect measurement blending imagination, elegance and sophistication into one memorable gown.

See more: Valentino Haute Couture fall 2013.

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