Just a few days separate us from the debut of this year's Paris spring 2013 haute couture fashion shows, so let's take a glimpse at the best couture creations featured on the podiums in 2012!

The spring 2013 edition of Paris Couture Fashion Week is preparing to open its curtains next week to reveal the creations of some of the most reputable haute couture houses in the world. Let's look back at the best couture looks from last year's collections and see if the upcoming designs can top the sublime textures, intricate embellishments and ingeniously displayed cuts of 2012.

There aren't many couture houses that battle for the ultimate fashion title, so the fight for the top spot is going to be bitter! For the past couple of seasons, Elie Saab has managed to snatch the title of supremacy as far as couture fashion goes. His intricate artisanal embroidery dresses that ooze femininity like no other design have captured the hearts of women across the world, especially women in Hollywood, so no wonder expectations are running high. Elie Saab's spring 2013 couture collection is expected to bring shiny, uncomplicated dress designs that can turn any woman into a true diva. The designer will have to fight to surpass the popularity and the greatness of the Elie Saab spring 2012 and that of his fall 2012 couture designs. And as we can see from the sheer, intricately embellished lightweight gowns presented in the previous shows, topping these creations will be nearly impossible, but if there's someone who can pull this off, that person is Elie Saab!

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Another couture label that often makes its way to red carpet events is Valentino and the previous collections stand as proof of the brand's unique method of reinventing elegance. Fashion critics don't know yet what to expect from Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri this spring 2013 season, but one thing is for certain: the collection won't disappoint! The Valentino vintage organza and lace dresses from the Valentino spring 2012 couture collection, the fall 2012 sheer dark blue chiffon dress and the intricate floral gown impressed the audience in 2012, but will the upcoming collection manage to snatch high raves like its predecessors?

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The label that wowed the crowd with its spring 2012 couture collection, Christian Dior is expected to do the same in 2013 and bring out innovative elements that pack elegance and display the craftsmanship that the Dior ateliers are known for.

The designer switch from one season to the other didn't bring a negative impact in fall 2012, on the contrary, the new approach to style brought by designer Raf Simons raised critique's interest with the wonderful display of contemporary, architectural designs that dominated the Christian Dior fall 2012 couture collection.

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These are the couture houses we should definitely keep an eye out for the upcoming Paris Couture spring 2013 Fashion Week, so stay tuned as we will be presenting each and every collection to determine who will be named the best couturier of 2013!

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