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Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier close Couture Fashion Week

Couture Fashion Week drew to a close last night, with Valentino displaying a beautifully crafted, understated collection, and Jean Paul Gaultier appeasing a crowd, which had to wait for 90 minutes, with a spectacular show.

Top hats, tail coats and tight leather trousers opened the Jean Paul Gaultier show, which took on an androgynous direction, complete with male model Andrej Pejic showing off a glittering floor-length gown.

More colourful pieces followed the black opening, as did the whooping from the audience, as green slip dresses, fringed capes and long gowns in bright jewel colours took to the catwalk. For those clients too timid to wear the breast-exposing pieces, including the organza jumpsuit, then there was plenty of well-executed tailoring to keep everyone happy.

Outstanding beauty was the order of the day at Valentino, as Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli sent down crepes, chiffons and cashmere down the runway. Understated navy, red and dusty pink gowns were offset by striking cashmere appliqués of flowers and leaves on dresses and coats. The wearability of practically every piece did not take away the beauty of the collection.

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