January 24, 2007 04:00 PM

These days, any custom-made gown is called “couture”, but true haute couture is produced by a few select members of the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris, who keep alive the traditions of custom-fitting and hand-sewing every piece. When the incredibly detailed and expensive designs are unveiled to some of the wealthiest and most famous women in the world, the result is more about spectacle than wearability. The stars have been turning out for the Spring 07 shows happening this week in Paris, starting with Monday’s geisha-themed Christian Dior show, where the impeccable Dita Von Teese and Diane Kruger perched in the front row. On to the Valentino show, where Dita reappeared and the Italian couturier sent out an all-white homage to his one-time client Jackie O. Victoria Beckham caused a paparazzi frenzy at the Chanel show, where she was joined by a diverse group from starlets Kate Bosworth and Diane Kruger (again) to a pink-tressed Rachel McAdams and Sigourney Weaver. Later that night, Posh continued on to the Jean Paul Gaultier show, where Dita Von Teese walked the runway as a modern Mary Magdalene.

Photo: Khayat-Nebinger-Orban-Taamallah/ABACA; JAVA/ABACAUSA

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