Another haute couture season came to a close and with it a deluge of glorious silhouettes materialized on the Parisian runways, one more magical than the other, each bringing a different kind of fantasy to life, all imagined to reach awe-inspiring proportions, like fairytales of the fall.

In a sea of ethereal beauty, there were some gowns that still managed to stand out, gowns like works of art, bedecked, bejeweled, sparkly, adorned with flowers, one with the midnight sky, or cascading in gold.

After the break, 11 of the most breathtaking couture gowns of fall 2015.

Equal parts regal and breathtaking, and set against a backdrop of the woods, Ralph & Russo’s exquisite ball gown appears to be carved straight out of a modern fairytale, the pristine colour and striking embroideries adding to the enchanting theme:

See more: Ralph & Russo fall 2015 couture.

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Fluoro orange meets soft lilac, just as a bouquet of blooming florals spreads on tulle: an entire couture fantasy blossoms thanks to Giambattista Valli, his vision built on delicate volumes and inspiration coming from another time:

See more: Giambattista Valli fall 2015 couture.

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Divine embellishments that ceaselessly sparkle, gorgeous colours that speak of autumnal sophistication, and a silhouette that is a dream all in itself: filtered through Tony Word’s vision, haute couture draws inspiration from minerals to leave everyone in awe:

See more: Tony Ward fall 2015 couture.

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From Elie Saab you can always expect to be left breathless by the floor-sweeping, heavenly embellished silhouettes and this fall season was no different; cast in shades of antique gold, his romantic creations whispered about Byzantine royalty:

See more: Elie Saab fall 2015 couture.

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Dream gowns made of pastel chiffon, silhouettes gently fluttering down the runway, couture gone bohemian: it all serves to describe the lighter, softer, more deconstructed mood evoked by Versace Atelier for fall / winter 2015:

See more: Versace Atelier fall 2015 couture.

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Starry nights epitomized, Zuhair Murad’s celestial evening gowns helped place haute couture in a whole different dimension, their otherworldly feel enhanced by hand-sewn embroideries, midnight-blue tones and ample blocks of sheer:

See more: Zuhair Murad fall 2015 couture.

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A thing of eerie beauty, hinting to eras softly overlapping, to cultures loudly clashing, Chanel’s take on classic glamour always builds upon the unexpected, the now and then melting into each other and gifting couture with fresh new meaning:

See more: Chanel fall 2015 couture.

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A walking work of art, an aerial gown made of luxuriously printed organza described the mood soft and surrealist at Schiaparelli, cutout flowers and a subtle game of peek-a-boo further highlighting the classic interpretation of romance:

See more: Schiaparelli fall 2015 couture.

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Eva Minge proves that haute couture doesn’t have to always be about heavy embroideries, about intricate appliques, or layers and layers of featherweight fabrics; it can also be about dark sophistication, about powerful sensuality, about simplicity with an edge:

See more: Eva Minge fall 2015 couture.

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Looking incredibly light and featuring some precious handwork alongside lavish floral appliques, Ulyana Sergeenko’s pink-washed dream gown is equal parts sweet and daring, innocent and sexy, its appeal both timeless and contemporary:

See more: Ulyana Sergeenko fall 2015 couture.

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An ode to the city of Rome, to its noir core and rich history, Valentino’s collection of haute couture for fall 2015 was every little bit a lesson in pure, unadulterated sophistication, the gowns hinting to medieval times, rich velvet and thick bands echoing the Roman armour, but in such fragile way it all seemed almost surreal:

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