Couture Week

Couture Week
While the debate rages about whether or not couture is relevantÂ--The New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn believes couture is " slipping off peopleÂ's radars faster than a U.F.O.," but Chanel's CEO Bruno Pavlosky insists "couture is essential to the brand"Â--one thing is certain: we adore the glitz and glamour of the high-fashion shows. In addition to our fascination with all of the clothes (like the baby doll dresses at Valentino, which are sure to have red-carpet moments, and the insane craftsmanship at Givenchy), we also love checking out all of the attendees amazing ensembles. Happily for us, this season the "couture club" included a particularly diverse brigade of fashion's finest, as everyone from Jessica Alba to Carine Roitfeld to Natalia Vodianova came to Paris for the shows.

Though the ateliers unveiled gorgeous gowns aplenty, for today's story we collected the week's top off-the-runway looks for your viewing pleasure. In addition to being phenomenally chic, these style stars also displayed a couple of transitional trends worth noting. First of all, we noticed lots of ladylike bows, whether at the waistline, per Jessica Alba and Olivia Palermo, or on the foot, as seen on Vodianova's pointy pumps. Additionally, we were wowed by the fanciful odes to texture demonstrated by Shala Monroque's lacey frock, Carine Roitfeld's eyelet sleeves, and Eugenie Niarchos' leather dress with cutout detailing. But enough about what we loveÂ--we're curious about what tastemakers and collections caught your eyes! Tweet us (@whowhatwear.com) and let us know!Â--Jessica Baker

Who: Dasha Zhukova and Natasha Vodianova
What: Chanel Haute Couture Fall 11 show
Wear: DZ: White sleeveless dress; nude heels NV: Blue velvet blazer; black skirt; Louis Vuitton Velvet Beauty Pumps in Noir

Who: Jessica Alba
What: Front row at the Valentino Haute Couture Fall 11 show
Wear: Valentino organza dress from the S/S 11 collection with floral embellishment; Azzedine Alaïa ankle-strap shoes from the F/W 09 collection.

Who: Clemence Poesy
What: Chanel Haute Couture Fall 11 show
Wear: Chanel cap sleeve tweed dress

Who: Gaia Repossi and Eugenie Niarchos
What: Front row at Valentino Haute Couture Fall 11 show
Wear: GR: Valentino long-sleeve wool dress from the F/W 2010 collection; Celine Classic caramel leather bag; black Chanel clogs EN: Valentino black leather dress from the Resort 11 collection; vintage gold cuff; Ere by Repossi ring

Who: Anja Rubik
What: Valentino Garavani Archives Dinner Party at Versailles
Wear: Lanvin green satin techno dress from the S/S 10 collection

Who: Carine Roitfeld
What: Outside of the Paris Ritz Hotel
Wear: White bandage dress; Junya Watanabe jacket with eyelet sleeve; Azzedine Alaïa strappy sandals

Who: Lou Doillon
What: Outside the Chanel Haute Couture Fall 11 show
Wear: White Chanel jacket; beige tank top; Chanel navy skirt, Chanel bag

Who: Olivia Palermo
What: Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall 11 show
Wear: Giorgio Armani shirt and skort; Charlotte Olympia shoes

Who: Shala Monroque
What: Front row at the Valentino Haute Couture Fall 11 show
Wear: Valentino F/W 10 long-sleeve dress with black lace details

Image of Carine Roitfeld, courtesy of BG; all other images, courtesy of Getty
EXPLORE: What They Wore, Lanvin, Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Alaia, Valentino, Shala Monroque, Olivia Palermo, Natalia Vodianova, Gaia Repossi, Carine Roitfeld, Anja Rubik
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