Dita's sexy strip on the Gaultier catwalk. Left photo, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images and right, Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images
Hot Tease: Jean-Paul Gaultier got provocative at his a/w 2010-11 couture show yesterday, which explored Parisian style, by sending burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese sashaying down his catwalk. As if the atmosphere wasn't already hot enough - thanks to the sauna-like temps - Von Teese took her runway turn and stripped down from her vampish black gown to a sexy beaded corset, thong, suspenders and stockings, showing off Gaultier's latest foray into lingerie with La Perla - and both of her butt cheeks.
One of Gaultier's dames parisiennes. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Front rowers including Catherine Deneuve and Mario Testino were treated to Gaultier's slinky, acid bright ballgowns, accessorized with mink stoles, turbans, gloves and cigarette holders, while the homage to Gay Paree could be felt down to the tiniest details, like the Eiffel Tower-stitched fishnets. And his 'bride' took matters into her own hands, emerging in a white satin trench with a violin - and playing her own Wedding March.
Fast fashion? Franck Sorbier gets creative with wrappers and empty crisp packets. Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images
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.
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.
Elizabeth Hurley at Valentino, Eliot Press/bauergriffinonline.com
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.