By Jim Shi Posted March 16, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT
PARIS This season, Paris Fashion Week held as much drama off the runway as it did on, with a series of well-documented designer mishaps that threatened to divert attention away from the collections shown March 1 through 9. However, creativity managed to keep the spotlight on the apparel, as designers turned out some of their most innovative stage and set designs at grand and stately locations in the French capital. The conceptual scenery from fashion houses like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Givenchy, and Balenciaga included elevators and bellhops, drawbridge-style runway entrances, archways inspired by Gothic cathedrals, and a volcano-like landscape complete with synthetic ash and dry ice. Here's a look.