In the never ending cycle of fashion shows, the haute couture summer season in Paris has just wrapped. Aside from the pure beauty, amazing embroidery and intricate confection, the fun of couture is picking out the contenders for the Oscar red carpet next month.

Here are some looks that stood out from the likes of Chanel, Valentino, Dior, Armani Privé, Giambattista Valli, Jean Paul Gaultier and Elie Saab. If I were a betting woman, I would say the burgundy velvet Valentino and strapless fluff from Valli are contenders.

 

A look from Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld went for a natural theme, with beige a big theme. Here’s one look on a fierce model from the spring summer 2016 haute couture collection. COURTESY CHANEL

 

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A goddess dress in pleats from Chanel haute couture, spring summer 2016. COURTESY CHANEL

 

Rounded sleeves were a signature of the Chanel spring summer 2016 haute couture collection. COURTESY CHANEL

Rounded sleeves were a signature of the Chanel spring summer 2016 haute couture collection. COURTESY CHANEL

 

COURTESY DIOR

COURTESY DIOR

At Dior, with the departure of Raf Simons, the collection was designed by the atelier chiefs. They tended toward day wear, rather than elaborate evening confections, and there was an emphasis on off the shoulder silhouettes, as there is in ready to wear for next spring and summer.

 

 

Jean Paul Gaultier just wants to have fun, it seems, following his exit from ready to wear.

 

At Valentino, along with ethereal gowns in sheer embroidered silks, one burgundy deep-V gown stood out for its Oscar red-carpet worthiness.

 

Armani Privé showed shimmering blue organza and gazar flounces, but a scalloped, embroidered dress was my favourite.

 

Elie Saab: how pretty is this confection?

Another red carpet contender from Giambattista Valli.