Closing the full-month dedicated to fashion on a high note, Paris Fashion Week (PFW) remains one of the spring / summer 2016 season’s highlights, having brought along plenty of fabulous shows and even more spectacular clothing for us to swoon over. But the fun is just beginning.

There’s a lot to be looking forward to hitting the streets and the store shelves come spring, and even more amazing stuff to fantasize about and pin away. Pertaining to the latter category, the dream-dresses and magnificent gowns gracing the Parisian runways are definitely worth a second look, and then a third one.

After the break, the 9 most breathtaking looks from the Paris runways.

Known for having a flair for the dramatic, Sarah Barton took a softer and much lighter approach to spring 2016, dressing the McQueen woman in ultra-romantic Victoriana silhouettes, having only the black lace and harness-like detailing to mirror the edge:

See more: Alexander McQueen spring 2016.

best gowns PFW spring 2016

Younger, sexier, more versatile, Elie Saab’s newest collection may have slightly shifted from glamorous evening wear, but along with the easy separates and day-to-night pieces came plenty of breathtaking gowns, like this little black number alive with sparkle and sheer:

See more: Elie Saab spring 2016.

best gowns PFW spring 2016

A mesmerizing tribute to Africa, Valentino’s spring line-up oozed of effortlessness while still maintaining its super-elaborate feel. Ankle-grazing dresses, sheer, embroidered, with ivory feathers placed around the collars and cuffs, made for some showstopping moments:

See more: Valentino spring 2016.

best gowns PFW spring 2016

A gorgeous Gigi Hadid breathed new life into this floating yellow maxidress at Giambattista Valli. A revealing neckline, an embellished waist and a floor-sweeping bodice further made sure the gown would steal the show:

See more: Giambattista Valli spring 2016.

best gowns PFW spring 2016

Sometimes it’s the simple, tried details to turn a gown into a breathtaking statement. Case and point: the gorgeous blush goddess gown at Vionnet, made extraordinary by its subtle pleating and draping:

See more: Vionnet spring 2016.

best gowns PFW spring 2016

Pushing things forward with bold colours and geometric embellishments, the evening dresses at Valentin Yudashkin managed to maintain their effortless appeal, while looking simultaneously sexy and sophisticated:

See more: Valentin Yudashkin spring 2016.

best gowns PFW spring 2016

Like a dark, blossoming secret garden, cut in delicate vintage-inspired patterns of butterflies and porcelain florals, the ruffled number at Andrew Gn aimed towards a regal and contemporary feel that it managed to capture quite to perfection:

See more: Andrew Gn spring 2016.

best gowns PFW spring 2016

At Sonia Rykiel, the breathtaking was all decked up in sequin embellishments for spring 2016, bold hues and minimal silhouettes reinforcing the modern take on classic glamour:

See more: Sonia Rykiel spring 2016.

best gowns PFW spring 2016

More shimmery goodness, this time around all black, came from the likes of Esteban Cortazar, where a dramatic silhouette, white edges and cape sleeves included, turned up the volume for spring:

See more: Esteban Cortazar spring 2016.

best gowns PFW spring 2016

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