10 Couture Gowns Fit for a Princess (or a Duchess…Obviously)

Out of all the assorted Fashion Weeks across the globe, couture in Paris is my absolute favorite, namely because of the jaw-dropping gowns you can reliably count on. I mean, if there was a support group, I’d be sitting, front row, saying, “Hi, my name’s Leah and I’m addicted to glamorous ball gowns. The bigger the better.” And since we all seem to be obsessed with princesses (including the most stylish royals who aren’t Kate Middleton and Spain’s Queen Letizia, who’s had a big style summer), what could be better than picking out the ones I’d like to see worn with a tiara, pronto.

1. Yanina
Before you start freaking, let’s clarify: Some of these dresses (like the above) would need to be modified some before being worn in public or a royal engagement. Sheerness aside, the full skirt and light top half of this one is divine.

2. Giambattista Valli
With all that fabric, this is a dress for the princesses of princesses, if you know what I mean.

3. Giambattista Valli…again
The juxtaposition of super-glam skirt and preppy polo shirt feels like pure genius, but I could imagine the boxy shape of the top shrinking down a touch for a more streamlined look when actually worn.

4. Chanel
The molding from Chanel’s couture show was impression-making (and perfect for a pregnant woman, remember?). The sculpting reminds me a little of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, with the slightly exaggerated waist and hips.

5. Alexis Mabille
The classic color combination and long, romantic sleeves makes this gown the sort that would work on any woman, of any age. A.k.a. buy now, wear post-coronation.

6. Alexis Mabille…again
I’m sorry, but the regal-looking robe on this stunning strapless number basically requires an HRH to wear it.

7. Giorgio Armani Privé
OK, mentally remove the dotty veil. Now can’t you see this two-piece set at an elegant state affair? It’s so simple save for the sequins in bold red.

8. Christian Dior
The Dior show was so shockingly beautiful (Christina collected all the things you’ve gotta see here) that picking just one dress was hard. Still, for the proper princess, this high-neck dress with the low waist would be the most likely pick.

9. Elie Saab
The sort of dresses that could compete with crown jewels could be found on Elie Saab’s runway. Kim immediately zoomed in on the bridal possibility for a lot of them (so. gorgeous.), and while I could see this shape walking down an aisle, the warm peachy hues mark it as fair game for any other black-tie event.

10. Elie Saab…again
And for princesses who feel best in all noir? I loved the off-the-shoulder scoop neckline of this one and the sheer stripes.

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