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PARIS — Great evening looks have always played an important role in haute couture, and the highly focused fall season was no exception. After all, many of the gowns could be adapted for the red carpet. From Karl Lagerfeld’s frothy net concoction for Chanel to John Galliano’s stylized hourglass dress for Christian Dior to Christian Lacroix’s asymmetric goddess dress, drama and extravagance were the name of the game.

Photos by Giovanni Giannoni.