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Say Bonjour To Couture

31/08/2010 15:30 | Updated 22 May 2015

Dior s/s 2010 couture Designer John Galliano kisses his model's hand. JACQUES BRINON/AP/Press Association Images

Haute couture, the unbelievably expensive and painstakingly detailed side of the fashion industry, kicked off in Paris yesterday, and already we've seen A-listers, ridiculously beautiful clothing and one of our favourite dye jobs ever.

Here are some of the highlights from the first day:

Celeb spotting: Kylie Minogue looked fabulous in a little grey dress at Dior, while Dita von Teese rocked a black fox fur over her Mabille LBD at the Alexis Mabille show. Other front-rowers included 13-year-old American fashion blogging phenom Tavi, who sported a massive pink bow hat from Stephen Jones.

Most eco-and-recession-friendly couture collection: Anne-Valérie Hash used secondhand garments donated by the likes of Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alber Elbaz and even rocker Pete Doherty to create an exquisite made-to-measure collection. Gaultier's old sailor sweater was transformed into a black sequinned jumpsuit, while Doherty's military jacket was given new life as a frock coat. What a fabulous way to create an innovative new collection - and save on fabric costs.

Favourite beauty moment: Alexis Mabille's collection featured bi-coloured clothing and shoes of two different colours, but we especially loved the amazing two-tone hairdos: hair was parted down the middle, slicked into a pony and one side was dyed an outrageous shade - yellow, blue, red or fuchsia.

Best model moment: Irina Lazareanu walked the runway at Anne-Valérie Hash, sporting a cute cropped hairdo and a pointe shoe - on her hand.

Spectacle of the day: John Galliano never shies away from creating a fabulous OTT theatrical experience for his Dior haute couture collection. Today was no exception: the sound of pounding hooves signalled the equestrian-inspired show would begin. Models wore hunting jackets, carried riding crops, and sported veiled top hats (see above). Evening wear took inspiration from Gibson Girl-era beauty, as models emerged clad in delicate cocktail dresses and sumptuous, sculpted gowns in frothy pastels and deep jewel tones. Galliano, never one to disappoint, took his bow in full dressage costume.

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