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Paris Couture: Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani Privé

The first day of the couture shows in Paris welcomed colour, volume and glamour to the catwalk as Christian Dior reinstated old fashioned beauty and Giorgio Armani Privé looked to outerspace for inspiration.

Old school glamour reigned supreme at Christian Dior’s show on Monday with cinched in waists and voluminous skirts completing the many dramatic looks. Designer John Galliano took inspiration from fashion illustrator René Gruau, with his sumptuous collection.

Tulle layered to create different shadowing effects, cascading fabrics and brushstroke patterns were reminiscent of artistic fashion illustrations from Gruau. Pieces included trapeze coats, dramatic tent dresses and bubble hemmed gowns in colours ranging from scarlet to sky blue. Fascinators, arched red eyebrows, pinned back hair and shiny red lips completed each look.

Giorgio Armani Privé opted for a more futuristic approach, with shiny fabrics and structured almost spaceship shapes  gracing the collection. Structured pieces were moulded in shiny metallic fabrics with metallic threads woven through the silk and garments in jewel like colours including ruby, emerald and sapphire. Pieces included metallic bodices, tight pants and shift dresses and sculpted skirts worn solely with giant jewelled necklaces. Satellite dish shaped head pieces adorned the models.

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