Gaultier Claws Back on Top as Valentino Dazzles

Source: Associated Press

PARIS, France — "It's all cinema, it's all from film," said Jean Paul Gaultier, summing up haute couture. Paris' enfant terrible seemed to have a point, speaking on the last day of fall-winter shows that have seen spectators transported from apocalyptic opera houses to the circus and flung across the four corners of the globe.

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Photo Diary | Paris Men’s Fashion Week, Day 1: Julius, Carven, Valentino, Raf Simons

Carven Spring/Summer 2014 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

PARIS, France — Today, Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage imagery from the Julius, Carven, Valentino and Raf Simons shows, held on the first day of Paris Fashion Week.

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An Injection of New Energy in Paris

A/W 2013 looks from Balenciaga, Sonia Rykiel and Emanuel Ungaro | Source: Nowfashion

How much deference does a newly installed designer need to pay to the heritage of a house? Today, Jessica Michault, editor-in-chief of Nowfashion.com, shares her reflections on a Paris Fashion Week that saw a number of new designer debuts at venerable French houses.

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Photo Diary | PFW, Days 7-8: Chanel, Sacai, Paco Rabanne, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Valentino, Stella McCartney

PARIS, France —  Today, our trusty contributing lensman Sonny Vandevelde brings us photo dispatches from the backstage of the Chanel, Sacai, Paco Rabanne, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Valentino and Stella McCartney shows.

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments in Paris for Menswear A/W 2013

Raf Simons A/W 2013 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

PARIS, France — As the Paris menswear shows concluded on Sunday evening with Hedi Slimane’s menswear debut for Saint Laurent, some notable figures in the crowd of menswear buyers and editors quietly grumbled that this was a lacklustre season. But as always, the enterprising Sonny Vandevelde was backstage to capture those off-the-cuff moments that can make even a ho-hum fashion week feel a bit more exciting. Standout shows

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Colin’s Column | Are Fashion Exhibitions Measuring Up?

Valentino: Master of Couture | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Europe

LONDON, United Kingdom — Did the world stop? Did it move? Were we changed? Did fashion leap into the public consciousness as a result of the 2010 Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which broke a number of records, not least in sales from the gift shop? I would answer in the negative. The Alexander McQueen exhibition was about tragedy, darkness, drama, fame, notoriety and even horror much

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Waiting for Wang, Hugo Boss’ fast lane, D&G tax trial, Master of Couture, Chanel in Scotland

Hugo Boss Black Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Hugo Boss

Balenciaga Taps Alexander Wang (IHT) “Alexander Wang on Monday became the first designer of Asian descent to enter the highest ranks of Parisian high fashion when he was named creative director of the storied house of Balenciaga.” Hugo Boss dresses in the fast lane (FT) “In the four years he has been in charge Mr Lahrs has reduced development times for collections, moved from two to four collections per year and

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Branding Dita, Radical LVMH rumours, Reinventing retail, Couture maestro, Androgynous models

Dita Von Teese by Emily Berl | Source: NY Times

The Branding of Dita Von Teese (NY Times) “Certainly she has bewitched the fashion world, gathering admirers like Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs (whose front row she has graced) and Jean Paul Gaultier, on whose runway she once performed an exotically elegant strip tease. She has appeared in a MAC cosmetics Viva Glam campaign. Her act, provocative in an airbrushed sort of way, has emboldened Cointreau, the upscale spirits

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Next steps at Balenciaga, Rugby no more, M&S profits fall, Amazon ups the ante, New male

Nicolas Ghesquière by Alessandro Garofalo | Source: Style.com

What Next For Balenciaga? (Vogue UK) “CEO Isabelle Guichot has confirmed that she has ‘a shortlist’ of potential candidates to succeed creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, following yesterday’s confirmation that he would be parting ways with the brand. The designer has acted at the helm of Balenciaga for 15 years.” Ralph Lauren kicks its ‘preppy look’ Rugby label into touch (Independent)

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