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Wednesday 26 November 2014

In Pictures: Spring/Summer 2013 Paris Fashion Week

A model wears a creation by fashion designer Zahia as part of the Women's Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 23 2013
A model wears a creation by fashion designer Zahia as part of the Women's Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 23 2013
A model wears a creation by fashion designer Zahia as part of the Women's Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 23 2013
A model wears a creation by fashion designer Zahia as part of the Women's Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 23 2013
A model wears a creation by fashion designer Zahia as part of the Women's Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 23 2013
Fashion designer Zahia appears at the end of her Women's Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 23 2013
A model holds a bag by British fashion designer Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton's fall-winter 2013/2014 men's fashion collection, presented in Paris, Thursday, Jan.17, 2013.
A model presents a creation by French fashion designer Julien Fournie for his Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.22, 2013.
A model wears a creation by U.S fashion designer Rick Owens as part of his fall-winter 2013/2014 men's fashion collection, presented Thursday, Jan.17, 2013 in Paris.
A model wears a creation by U.S fashion designer Rick Owens as part of his fall-winter 2013/2014 men's fashion collection, presented Thursday, Jan.17, 2013 in Paris.
A model presents a creation by British fashion designer Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton's fall-winter 2013/2014 men's fashion collection, presented in Paris, Thursday, Jan.17, 2013.
A model presents a creation by British fashion designer Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton's fall-winter 2013/2014 men's fashion collection, presented in Paris, Thursday, Jan.17, 2013.
Models wear wedding gowns, by German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel's Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Chanel's veteran couturier Karl Lagerfeld has used fashion to support a controversial French gay marriage law, sending two brides together down the catwalk. He can be seen in the background.
A model presents a creation by French fashion designer Stephane Rolland for his Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.22, 2013.
A model presents a creation by French fashion designer Stephane Rolland for his Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.22, 2013.
Models present creations by French fashion designer Stephane Rolland for his Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.22, 2013.
A model presents a creation by French fashion designer Julien Fournie for his Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.22, 2013.
A model presents a creation by French fashion designer Julien Fournie for his Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.22, 2013.
A model presents a creation by French fashion designer Julien Fournie for his Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.22, 2013.
A model presents a creation by French fashion designer Julien Fournie for his Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.22, 2013.
Women's Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 22 2013
A model wears a creation by French fashion designer Alexandre Vauthier as part of the Women's Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 22 2013
Models wear creations by French fashion designer Alexandre Vauthier as part of the Women's Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 22 2013
A model wears a creation by fashion designer Martin Margiela as part of his Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
A model wears a creation by fashion designer Martin Margiela as part of his Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
A model wears a creation by fashion designer Martin Margiela as part of his Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
A model presents a back case by British fashion designer Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton's fall-winter 2013/2014 men's fashion collection, presented in Paris, Thursday, Jan.17, 2013.
A models presents a creation by British fashion designer Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton's fall-winter 2013/2014 men's fashion collection, presented in Paris, Thursday, Jan.17, 2013.
A model presents a creation by French fashion designer Alexis Mabille for his Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.
A model walks the runway duiring the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Pavillon Cambon Capucines on January 23, 2013 in Paris, France.
A model walks the runway duiring the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Pavillon Cambon Capucines on January 23, 2013 in Paris, France.
A model walks the runway duiring the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Pavillon Cambon Capucines on January 23, 2013 in Paris, France.
A model walks the runway duiring the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Pavillon Cambon Capucines on January 23, 2013 in Paris, France.
A model walks the runway during the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at on January 21, 2013 in Paris, France.
A model walks the runway during the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at on January 21, 2013 in Paris, France.
A model walks the runway during the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at on January 21, 2013 in Paris, France.
Singer Rita Ora leaves the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on January 22, 2013 in Paris, France.
Diane Kruger attends the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on January 22, 2013 in Paris, France.
A model walks the runway during the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on January 22, 2013 in Paris, France.
A model walks the runway during the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on January 22, 2013 in Paris, France.
A model walks the runway during the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on January 22, 2013 in Paris, France.
A model walks the runway during the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on January 22, 2013 in Paris, France.
A model walks the runway during the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on January 22, 2013 in Paris, France.
A model walks the runway during the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on January 22, 2013 in Paris, France.
A model walks the runway during the Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on January 22, 2013 in Paris, France
A model walks the runway duiring the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2013 Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Pavillon Cambon Capucines on January 23, 2013 in Paris, France.

Jean Paul Gaultier isn't known for being a wallflower. That may be the reason he shunned this week's obsession with flora and fauna and looked to a spicier inspiration for his couture collection shown in Paris.

The enfant terrible took the theme of India for his latest show. Although the much-loved Gaultier trademarks were all in place – girdles, suspenders, conical brassieres and a stripe or two thrown in for good measure – models with bangles piled high on the arms and elaborate jewelled earrings balanced along on thong-style, cut-out wedges were unmistakably Indian in reference.

Sari-style patchwork dresses, each panel different from the next in either printed or beaded fabrics were dramatic in effect and floor-length column dresses covered in golden sequins were worn with tasselled backsacks.

Standout outfits included a gold snakeskin trench coat and trompe l'oeil denim printed on to silk shirts and on to the bodices of dresses.

For anyone in doubt of the theme, the last look of the show, the obligatory wedding dress, had a circumference so large, that when the bride lifted her hem, four young Indian girls ran out and down the catwalk – all to the soundtrack of Jia Ho.

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