The major fashion houses in Paris bedazzle us with lavish designs at the Haute Couture Week in January. Here’s a look at the ultimate outfits from the Paris Haute Couture Week. 

Ralph & Russo

Ralph & Russo's S/S 18 collection is inspired by their recent trip to Asia.  As stated by the house itself, this Spring/Summer collection "pays homage to the Eastern exploration of Creative Director, Tamara Ralph."  To represent Eastern architecture, the house went with a long dress with white crêpe jasmine petals and powder blue organza chrysanthemums. 

These details manage to enhance the hand-painted florals and songbirds.  To better express Eastern design, the dress includes tiers of devoré ostrich feathers and chiffon ruffles.  

This particularly exotic design tries to reflect the importance of travel for today's modern women. The outfit is enhanced by metallic crystal chainmail and silk lamé.

Christian Dior

Christian Dior created a surrealist dream out of his presentation in this year’s Haute Couture. There was a predominance in monochromatic designs, checkered patterns, and featured a lighter color palette in lavender, olive, and neutral tones. The House of Christian Dior managed to portray surrealism and the dreams of women through this fantastic collection. 

One particular outfit was a beautiful black dress with feathered butterflies on the front. It begins below the neck with four black feathered butterflies and completes the look all the way down with white-feathered butterflies. This is one large dress that exudes passion and once again, surrealism.

Elie Saab

Think oversized bows, beads, metallics, silvery blues, and feather details.  This is what Elie Saab presented at the Haute Couture for their Spring/Summer collection. Elie Saab incorporated retro elements inspired by 1920s Paris. 

A great piece was a long dress with long sleeves and metallic details in vertical stripes. A well-defined waistline and a pronounced cleavage made this dress lavishly beautiful.