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Givenchy Haute Couture Spring Summer 2009

Givenchy designer Ricardo Tischi is coming into his own. He showed a well edited and beautifully executed collection at the romantically lit Couvent des Cordeliers in Paris. Check out the rose petal strewn runway. The mood was romance with a bondage twist : gracefully draped dresses that hid straps discreetly hidden under transparency. Fabric research was state of the art : we especially loved a little beige dress that was painted jersey ! Could have sworn it was leather, but so soft to the touch.

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Posted by MADELEINE
Photos by ALICE and ELIZABETH

Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2009

Set in the grand amphitheater of the Sorbonne University, Valentino's new design team (a partnership between Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli) debuted their new Haute Couture collection to an expecting audience. While not as fashion forward as the recently ousted Alessandra Facchinetti the designers explored the roots of the fashion house with a more traditional approach.

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The new designers walking out after the show:

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Valentino celebrating his new design team backstage after the show:

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Posted and photographed by ALICE and ELIZABETH

Christian Lacroix Haute Couture Spring Summer 2009

The always festive and colorful Christian Lacroix showed his Haute Couture Spring Summer 2009 collection this past Tuesday in Paris. Fashion File had backstage access before the show and joined in an impromptu photo shoot with some of the models and had the privilege of watching famous fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth at work. We got a detailed look at the floral tights and crazy accessories while the models had a little fun in front of the camera. On the runway the brilliant colors and the extravagant bridal couture left us craving more Lacroix.

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Posted and photographed by ALICE and ELIZABETH

Giorgio Armani Prive Spring Summer 2009

This Chinese inspired collection featured models with short black bobs and heavy dark eye makeup. Silver, black, purple, and yellow where the featured colors in the show each garment with a touch of shimmer. The striking collection even received a standing ovation from the normally cynical fashion crowd.

Glenn Close looking gorgeous before the show:

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Posted and photographed by ALICE and ELIZABETH

Alexis Mabille Haute Couture Summer 2009

"La chic parisienne" is a perfect description of Alexis Mabille's Spring/Summer 2009 Haute Couture collection, shown in Paris this past Monday. The whimsical show featured both men and women wearing flowery garments accented with pink and purple accessories. The romantic collection was shown in Karl Lagerfeld's former residence, the Pozzo di Borgo Hotel. Supermodel Linda Evangelista also attended the event.

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Photographed and posted by ALICE