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Schiaparelli makes whimsical couture comeback in Paris

Sixty years after Elsa Schiaparelli's last runway show, the house on Monday made a highly-awaited comeback with an elegant collection studded with whimsy, in a nod to the Italian fashion legend. The long-dormant house was revived on the second day of haute couture fashion week in Paris, which also saw Christian Dior and Giambatista Valli unveil their latest Spring-Summer collections. Between the two world wars the radically bold Elsa Schiaparelli was one of fashion's most prominent figures and became Coco Chanel's biggest rival.

Paris menswear makes way for couture

Lanvin headlined the last day of the Paris menswear shows on Sunday with a rock-and-roll inspired collection billed as anti-uniform, before Versace kicks off six days of haute couture. "Freedom to choose" was the byword for menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver, with pants both slim and wide, waistlines high and low, and classic tailoring and streetwear paired with coloured sneakers and chunky-knit scarves.

Fashion legend Saint Laurent brought to life in biopic

Feted as a visionary but tormented genius who reshaped the silhouette of 20th century women, Yves Saint Laurent comes back to life this week in the first biopic of the man known as the "prince of fashion". The film by French actor-turned-director Jalil Lespert focuses on 20 years of the designer's life between 1956 and 1976 that saw him burst onto the fashion scene -- first at Dior then at the head of his own house -- and ascend to fame and fortune.

M&S to ask for more time as clothing sales keep falling

By James Davey LONDON (Reuters) - Marks & Spencer <MKS.L> is set to report a ninth straight quarterly fall in underlying clothing sales, with the firm likely to say it is too soon to see the full impact of a new general merchandise team and much vaunted new season ranges. Britain's biggest clothing retailer, which also sells homewares and food, publishes second-quarter sales on Tuesday and also reports first-half results expected to show a 12 percent fall in pretax profit - down for the third year running.

Gaultier sizzles in New York museum retrospective

A dazzling retrospective featuring the masterpieces of couture superstar Jean Paul Gaultier opens in New York on Friday, sizzling with wit and oozing sex appeal. The Brooklyn Museum exhibition unites under one roof objects as diverse as the French designer's childhood teddy bear, a picture of his grandmother and the conical bras he designed for Madonna. Brimming with infectious enthusiasm for life, fashion and the unique magic of New York, Gaultier says he is delighted and humbled at being given the retrospective.

Correction: Sizing Game story

NEW YORK, N.Y. - In a story Oct. 21 about clothing sizes, The Associated Press misspelled the name of blogger Emily Sandford and listed her size incorrectly. It is Sandford, not Sanford, and she wears a 24, not a 22. A corrected version of the story is below: The funny math of clothing sizes The size of it: The number of plus-size women outweighs the number of fashion choices for them By MAE ANDERSON AP Retail Writer When it comes to women's clothing sizes, there's some funny math going on.

Raf Simons stamps his natural mark on Dior

PARIS - Thousands of square meters (yards) of hanging vines, wisteria and roses — some real, some fake — created a garden setting through which designer Raf Simons' took guests on the latest Christian Dior journey for spring-summer 2014. But in the garden Simons created — with its lurid-colored flora hanging from make-shift metal scaffolding — the bees sting and things were off kilter. This was not place for faint-hearted traditionalists. And nor was Friday's ready-to-wear collection entitled "Against Nature."

Tropical hanging garden for Dior 'flower women'

Dior designer Raf Simons on Friday conjured up a tropical hanging garden as the backdrop for his spring/summer 2014 collection, as Paris fashion week reached its half-way point. Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, Czech model Eva Herzigova and Valerie Trierweiler, the partner of French President Francois Hollande, were among those on the front row at the show at Paris's Rodin Museum. The vast flower-filled set was described by Dior as the "experimental habitat of the new flower woman... an ordering of the artificial and real... the manmade and artificial".

Asymmetry, modernity bloom at Dior's secret garden in Paris

By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - A colorful yet eerie pleasure garden greeted guests to the Dior fashion show in Paris on Friday, as artistic director Raf Simons introduced "a new tribe of flower women" to the ready-to-wear scene. For Dior's spring/summer 2014 show at Paris fashion week, Simons took inspiration from the interplay between the natural and artificial worlds for his exploration of modernity that featured asymmetrical shapes and loose silhouettes.

Fashion goes high-tech at futuristic Guy Laroche show

Timeless classics on Wednesday got a makeover for spring/summer 2014 at Paris fashion week in a futuristic science fiction-inspired collection from Guy Laroche, marrying versatile high-tech fabrics with traditional silks. White shirts and black trousers were "turned on their heads" with off-centred collars and extra-high waists and double layers, while "surreal" cocktail dresses came with voluminous front box pleats.
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