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Tsumori Chisato celebrates colour at Paris fashion week

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Japan's Tsumori Chisato on Saturday feasted on colour at Paris fashion week while Australian Martin Grant oozed sophisticated chic in palate cleansing black, grey and pastel pink.

Circular shapes and prints inspired by cascading water dominated the richly varied collection presented amid the gilt-edged splendour of a luxury hotel ballroom.

"The main story is water and the beauty and colour of a waterfall I saw," she told AFP backstage through a translator.

Standing out were a silver-grey wool coat with gold, black and plum geometric patterns and an Egyptian blue and red velvet dress and matching cape.

Grant, meanwhile, said he had experimented with silk chiffon while restricting himself to a palette of winter colours -- grey, black and navy, tempered with pale pink.

The collection featured full pleated trousers and sleek shift dresses and pencil skirts, offset with copious use of vertical ruffles.

"It all starts with the fabrics," Grant told AFP.

"Lots of wool, lots of silk, double faced (fabric) and silk chiffon (which is) new for me."

The colours, he added, were "stripped... back to cleanse the palate".

Britain's Vivienne Westwood and Frenchman Jean Paul Gaultier are due to present shows later Saturday, day five of Paris fashion week.

The city is hosting nine days of ready-to-wear fashion for autumn/winter 2013/2014 featuring nearly 90 shows and presentations.

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