Beautifully Bizarre: Craziest Looks from Couture Fashion Week

Couture Fashion Week is in full swing, and while we'd love to be in Paris eating French macaroons and taking in the fashion shows, we'll settle for second best: gawking at the couture runway looks from the comfort of our swivel chair. Couture Fashion Week is known for its extravagant, avant-garde styles that are sometimes, well … crazy. Take a look at some of the more over-the-top ensembles to see what we mean.

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Giambattista Valli

The Giambattista Valli couture show featured gorgeous gowns in shades of forest green and dark purple. Models wore gold leaf necklaces that looked like they weighed a ton, but the most bizarre accessory of all? Butterflies covering the model's mouth. It's very "Silence of the Lambs," a film that isn't exactly known for its high fashion. We're not sure if this likeness was intentional, but check out the similarity -- it's eerily striking.

Iris van Herpen

We know what this model is thinking … "Do my hips look big in this dress?" This strapless gown is artistic and cool, but definitely not slimming (even when worn on an ultra-thin model).

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Alexis Mabille

The models at the Alexis Mabille couture show looked as if they got their updos done by Cindy Lou Who's hairstylist. And what goes with Dr. Seuss-inspired hair? Velvet, floor-length capes and miles of multi-colored tulle, of course.


The Chanel couture show was pretty tame by comparison, featuring a lot of signature tweed jackets in shades of charcoal, cream, and pink. But the standout was model Lindsey Wixson as the Chanel Haute Couture bride, looking like a beautiful ice queen. Would you ever wear this on your wedding day?

What do you think? Are these couture fashions beautiful, bizarre, or both?

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