British designer Waight Keller to quit Chloe

British designer Clare Waight Keller is to quit Chloe after six years, the French fashion house said Monday. The creator, who turned Pringle of Scotland from a rather staid knitwear maker into a fashion brand, has also helped push up sales at Chloe, best known for its floaty, romantic, 1970s-influenced clothes. Chloe said that since Waight Keller's arrival the label has “enjoyed remarkable momentum and global development.

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Paris couture shows veer between the sensual and the chaste

As the French capital froze, designer Jean Paul Gaultier escaped south to the sunny plains of Spain, his slinky frocks ablaze in a carpet of poppies and spring flowers. Black cordobes hats topped Gaultier's thoroughly modern take on the flamenco dress, one black, white and red number paired with a leather biker jacket in the same colours.

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French lingerie show says knickers to Victoria’s Secret

It wasn't exactly brassieres at dawn, but the French lingerie industry was not going to take a provocation from Victoria's Secret lying down. The brash US lingerie label flew a jet full of supermodels into Paris in November for its annual Las Vegas-style fashion show, seeking to build a bridgehead into the lucrative European market. The French resistance snapped into action with a rival show called “Lingerie, Mon Amour” (Lingerie, My Love) late on Sunday as Paris haute couture week began.

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Mazes and fairytales as Chiuri debuts her Dior haute couture line

Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled a fairytale-like debut haute couture collection for French fashion house Christian Dior on Monday, presenting flowing flowery dresses, capes and plenty of intricate craftsmanship. Dior's first woman artistic director, who previously spent some 17 years at Valentino, took inspiration from labyrinths for the line on the second day of fashion shows at Paris' Haute Couture spring/summer 2017 week. Amid a lush garden setting at the French capital's Rodin museum, models opened the show in Dior's signature Bar jackets in black, re-invented into capes with hoods and worn with lace tops, pleated skirts and wide-leg ankle-length culotte trousers.

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Alexa Chung braves Parisian dinner party in AG campaign video

Alexa Chung attends an awkward French dinner party in the new campaign video for AG. In the three-minute skit, Chung attends a party in the French capital, where she finds herself alone, drinking wine, eating radishes, and attempting to put her limited knowledge of French to good use. The video is part of AG Jeans' spring 2017 campaign.

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Turkish fashion designer arrested: reports

Turkey arrested fashion designer Barbaros Sansal on charges of inciting hatred on social media, a day after he was attacked by baggage handlers at Istanbul’s main airport, state-run media reports said on Tuesday. Social media showed footage of the Turkish designer being beaten up by airport workers late on Monday as he was being escorted from a plane to a car by police after being expelled from northern Cyprus. Sansal was expelled after posting a satirical video on social media calling on people to continue to celebrate the New Year “while there is so much filthiness, vileness and impoverishment” in the country, shortly after a gunman killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub.

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Schiaparelli rises from fashion death to Paris haute couture

Fashion label Schiaparelli completed its remarkable resurrection Tuesday when it was inducted into the elite ranks of Paris haute couture houses. The historic brand founded by the Elsa Schiaparelli, the great rival of Coco Chanel in the 1930s, closed its doors in 1954, the year that Chanel returned to the business after her wartime hiatus. The French Couture Federation said it was also adding the 41-year-old French designer Julien Fournie to its highly-prized register.

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Haute couture: spring/summer 2017 show schedule

Menswear shows will be kicking off the fashion year for 2017, closely followed by a round of haute couture shows in Paris, France, with several changes in store. This season, certain fashion houses, such as Givenchy, are holding private presentations by appointment only. The news comes from the French Federation of Fashion and of Ready-to-Wear Couturiers and Fashion Designers — the French fashion industry's governing body — which has now released a provisional schedule for January's haute couture shows.

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Italy’s philosopher tycoon shapes landscape of his legacy

Brunello Cucinelli says he feels like the Roman emperor Hadrian: responsible for the beauty of the world. “It is like another emperor, Marcus Aurelius, said — live each day as if it was your last — but plan as if it was for eternity,” he tells AFP in an interview at Cucinelli headquarters in his native Umbria. Now 63, Cucinelli has long been celebrated for combining enlightened employment practices with commercial success.

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Women take center stage in Dior spring/summer 2017 campaign

French fashion house Dior has unveiled the advertising campaign for its spring/summer 2017 collection, the first ready-to-wear line overseen by new creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri. In the spirit of the catwalk show, which previewed the collection in September, the Italian designer's feminist values play a key role in the project, designed by, with and for women. The eagerly awaited Dior spring/summer 2017 show caused a sensation back in September, when the fashion world discovered the label's first collection from Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first female creative director in the history of the French fashion house.

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