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PARIS — It’s not exactly a secret that, at every major Hollywood awards show, the red carpet is full of actresses in slinky, body-hugging siren dresses. These gowns may be beautiful, but they also beg the question, is that all there is? As the stellar spring couture collections demonstrated, it doesn’t have to be. From Valentino’s flower-splashed stunner with a Fifties air to Christian Lacroix’s ruffled confection punctuated by a rose, couturiers provided plenty of more imaginative alternatives for stars’ big nights.

Photos by Giovanni Giannoni