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The 2014 fall couture shows in Paris (Photos)

The 2014 Fall haute couture shows in Paris wrapped up yesterday and some of the collections were truly stunning. The highly anticipated show is held twice a year in January and July.

The 2014 Fall Couture
Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images
Zuhair Murad Fall 2014 Couture
Yannis Vlanis

Couture is a dying art form that should be preserved. It takes 30 to 45 days to make one dress or gown. Every gown is handmade using techniques that have been passed down for generations of seamstresses and artists without the need to use a sewing machine of any kind.

Not all the fashion houses do couture anymore because is very expensive to make and it takes so long to create. The garments are one of kind and the fashion houses use some of the most expensive fabrics, beads, embroidery and feathers that exist.

It is estimated that there are only 3,000 to 4,000 people in the world that can afford couture dresses and that is why couture represents only about 1% of what a fashion house makes. Couture has become a collectible item that those who can afford it buy as an investment. They can resale the item or donate it to a museum for a tax deduction.

Some of the couture gowns that we saw from last week’s shows will probably be worn by some of the most notorious Hollywood stars on the red carpet come awards season.

Some of the highlights of the couture show in Paris were designer Elie Saab who never disappoints with his beautiful gowns, as well as Versace, Chanel, Valentino but my favorite this year was Giambattista Valli. He used a lot of stripes and black and white for the collection that had a very elegant feel but it also felt very current.

Check out some of our favorite picks from the 2014 Fall couture shows in Paris in the slideshow and tell us what you think. Leave your comments below; which one is your favorite?