Recycled Fashion: While couture is normally associated with the most extraordinary fabrics and the utmost in quality, Franck Sorbier challenged that ethos at his show yesterday by including some "pauper-chic"-inspired looks made from rather unusual materials. You may want to save your next bag of crisps or candy wrappers - in the right hands, they could be transformed into a dressy bustier.
Fire birds: Elie Saab's couture collection gave his red carpet clientele plenty to consider for upcoming awards shows as he took inspiration from the idea of a phoenix rising from the ashes. Opulence reigned - red ostrich feathers nestled beside sequins, chiffon ballgowns with floating "wings" of fabric were flame-printed, crystals dripped from sleeves and bodices. The faint of heart - or of embellishment - may want to steer clear.
Celeb spotting: Elizabeth Hurley was spotted front row at Valentino in a lovely hot pink ruffle dress (pink seems to be her colour of choice these days), along with Natalia Vodianova, Claire Danes (who made a statement in red) and Jessica Alba (Gwyneth Paltrow came and showed her support at the Valentino Archives dinner that evening).
Young starlets seem to be who designers Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri are catering for these days, with their ultra-high hemlines, flirty miniskirts and bustier dresses, not to mention feminine details like bows, rosette flowers and plenty of ruffles.
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