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New French Designer: Alexandre Vauthier

New French Designer: Alexandre Vauthier

Alexandre Vauthier is inspiring and brings a fresh vision to Parisian fashion. Obviously, he has the experience and talent, but needs to vamp up his future collections. He is definitely a new designer to watch in the coming years.Rihanna is ...

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Frenchman Nicolas Ghesquiere

Frenchman Nicolas Ghesquiere

 When the great Cristobal Balenciaga closed the doors of his couture house in 1968 he lamented, "There is no one left worth dressing." For decades the house lay dormant until 26-year-old Frenchman Nicolas Ghesquiere was appointed creative director of Balenciaga ...

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LACOSTE

LACOSTE

 Recognised for his fresh, flawless cuts and elegant tailoring, Christophe Lemaire of Lacoste is concerned more with the quality of his lines than with slavishly following trends. With a style he describes as "graphic, pure, relaxed and precise", he captures ...

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SONIA RYKIEL

SONIA RYKIEL

 The so-called 'Queen of Knits', Sonia Rykiel is synonymous with Paris. Born in the city in 1930, she went on to encapsulate Parisian style with her chic fashion line. As an expectant mother, she had discovered that there were no ...

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JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

 The former 'enfant terrible' of French fashion is one of the most significant designers working today, his appeal bridging the elite and mass markets. On one hand, Jean Paul Gaultier is hailed as the saviour of haute couture (Gaultier Paris ...

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CHRISTIAN LACROIX

CHRISTIAN LACROIX

 Christian Lacroix made fashion history with his July 1987 debut couture collection backed by LVMH. His was the first Paris haute couture house to open since Courreges in 1965. Lacroix took the bustles, bows, corsets and crinolines painted by 18th ...

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