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GLAM IN GUCCI
balances sweet sparkle with all-out sex appeal in a draped, one-of-a-kind Gucci sheath at a French Vogue dinner honoring Frida Giannini, the creative director of Gucci.
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Also at the Vogue/Gucci dinner, the always-stylish Diane Kruger goes for all-out glamour in an Gucci silk organza halter dress with an intricately beaded bodice and sleek metallic sandals.
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Red-carpet darling Elie Saab shows a dramatic, elegant collection, full of sheer fabrics, full skirts and beautifully refined embellishments.
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BRING IT ON
Longtime Chanel fan belts her silky navy dress, adding a tailored blazer to complement her retro ’40s-inspired beauty.
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Chanel creative director’s Karl Lagerfeld’s haute couture show is light as a cloud, using a pale pastel palette and layers of sheer fabrics to create ladylike confections like this blush sequined ballgown with a flowing, tufted skirt.
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Designer John Galliano is known for his over-the-top, fantastical couture creations for Christian Dior, and he did not disappoint this year, sending out red carpet-worthy looks like this elaborately draped and fringed gown.
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A recurring theme at the Christian Dior couture show is a retro ’50s silhouette inspired by classic fashion illustrations, as seen on this two-tone mid-calf sheath with voluminous tulle train.
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The Tron star is a perfect fit for the futuristic Armani Privé’s show, which she attended in a clinging metallic V-neck sheath and understated gold clutch.
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It was Mohawks as usual at punk icon Jean Paul Gaultier’s January 26 show, but the designer also surprised fans by sending out feminine and pretty takes on his typically edgy style, like this cascading chiffon gown.
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Known for his neutral colors and tailored shapes, Giorgio Armani breaks from tradition by creating shimmering, ultramodern designs in jewel tones, which were accented with Philip Treacy hats.
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Longtime Armani fan Jodie Foster wears a ruffled black cardigan jacket and fitted pencil skirt to sit front row at the January 24 Armani Privé show.
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KEEP 'EM SEPARATED
Another theme of Armani’s: a dress parted by a shocking band of color – here in a jewel-studded, sci-fi fabric accented with shimmering heels.
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FRONT ROW FANATIC
Kruger, a onetime face of Chanel, attends the line’s January 25 spring/summer couture show in a smart beaded shift and gorgeous two-tone sandals.
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BE MY VALENTINO
A pastel palette, floral appliqués and oodles of ruffles define Valentino’s romantic collection, but the styles are sheer enough to add a hint of sex appeal among all the sweetness.
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Georges Chakra, a house beloved by divas like and , displays an appropriately dramatic collection, full of sweeping trains, metallic accents and impeccable construction.
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Trendsetter Alexa Chung turns up at the Etam launch on January 24 in a retro orange, white and black short-sleeved, polka-dotted frock with a cheeky floral accent.
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The Alexandre Vauthier show proves that couture doesn’t have to be precious, showing a collection full of thigh-high slits and skin-baring tops – and models with lots of attitude.
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TIE ME UP
Gemma Arterton appeared at the Vogue/Gucci dinner in a deceptively demure nude belted Gucci cape dress – though a closer look reveals a racy tie-front neckline.
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BABY ON BOARD
Supermodel Eva Herzigova gave a new meaning to catwalk as she debuted her bump outside the Etam show in a leopard coat, leather gloves and thigh-high boots.
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KIDS ARE ALL WHITE
Alexis Mabille’s couture show presented one look in white, and then followed it with the exact look in a color or print. At the end, the models convened to add dramatic impact to the presentation.
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Also at the Etam show, supermodel came to support beau Jamie Hince’s band The Kills, who played at the show. She was joined by glam friends Charlotte Casiraghi, Princess of Monaco, and Yves Saint Laurent creative director Stefano Pilati.