Unless you're Daphne Guinness or, apparently, Blake Lively, couture doesn't really apply to the real woman's wardrobe. Alas, many of the daring designers who still dive into this century's old dress-making tradition seem to balance the modern challenges of the art-form with aplomb...or at least try to. The best couture creations always seem to capture the brilliance of the craftsmanship, the details, the drama... and also, if they're smart, offer a nod to what's now. While a few designers remain in the couture dark ages, we're spotlighting 10 genius looks that prove fashion's classiest season has still got it goin' on.
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