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Paris Fashion Week: Draping, snakeskin and gold

The era was clear at Christian Dior yesterday, where John Galliano combined 1980s corseted waists, wet look jackets and snakeskin prints for a collection which surprised in its commerciality.

Hemlines were short and flippy in sheer fabrics which covered a colour spectrum of muted neutrals right through to bright pops of lime and tangerine. Tiering and wraps of ribbon decorated both long and short dresses to add more than a hint of froth to the show.

Over at Vivenne Westwood, it looked like Dame Viv had taken the phrase "anything goes" to new levels as she sent models down the catwalk wrapped, draped and enveloped in everything from stripes, spots and checks to crocheted capes, cobweb cardigans and dip dyed plastic. Nothing was too eclectic, so prints were clashed to within an inch of their life, and trousers were positioned so low on the hips you almost had to look away.

The show finished with dresses in gilded in gold and even more fabric bunched, gathered and slung over shoulders. It’ll take a brave lady to pull some of these looks off, but that is exactly the kind of lady Westwood loves to dress.

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