I've always been a huge fan of couture. I love the sense of fantasy it brings and the playfulness that is sometimes missing from other collections. One of the things that designers like to play with is shape. From the extreme shapes seen at Valentino and the up-side-down skirt at Chanel to the much more subtle pointed shoulders at Armani Prive and everywhere in between, plays on shapes filled the Fall 08 couture runways. I, for one, adore the couture shows and playson shape make them all the more interesting (photos from nymag.com).