Many of the looks from the Fall 2012 Couture runways provided inspiration—albeit in the form of fantasy—for fashion-forward brides who have a flair for drama. Here, a look at our favorite wedding-worthy gowns from the likes of Chanel, Elie Saab and Christian Dior.

GIORGIO ARMANI

In the contrast between soft pastels and shades of midnight, Giorgio Armani found the inspiration for his Privé couture collection—a moody, romantic landscape of plush fabric and glittering embroidery. While luxurious velvet pants seemed to be the designer's signature this season, his strapless evening gowns offered a modern alternative to brides who crave the Milanese master's effortlessly cool creations.

Gown by Giorgio Armani

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