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If Schiaparelli is no longer a household name - her business folded in 1954, and she died in 1973 - her design firsts have certainly lived on: newspaper prints, exposed zippers, perfume bottles in the female form, shocking pink, and - arguably - the first woman’s power suit.


“Superman Returns” actress Kate Bosworth, in a blue and black check silk Dior sheath, turned up to the Raf Simons show with her husband of five months, film director Michael Polish.

“I have been a fan of Raf (Simons) for forever,” she told The Associated Press. “I’m married to a director, so I understand how each piece is put together and the importance of every detail.”

Meanwhile, HBO “Girls” star Allison Williams was at the same show and wore a beautiful Dior dress with a cinched waistband, expressed an inkling of humor when asked which designer she was wearing.

Christian Dior. I don’t know if you’ve heard of him. He’s a small-time designer from early in the last century. He’s up and coming. I think I see promising work coming from the house.”

At Schiaparelli, former French First Lady Carla Bruni hobnobbed with Jean Paul Gaultier and former model Elle Macpherson on the front row.


To the backdrop of huge geometric crystals, Italian designer Giambattista Valli played with geometry in the female silhouette.

Thick sections of double crepe - in royal blue and white - were banded around the midriff on model whose legs were exposed - a Valli-signature.

Curves in the stiff fabric creatively produced straight diagonal lines in the silhouette, which emphasized an hourglass figure.

The most effective of the 34 looks were those that pushed the volume upward from the midriff, though a few at the beginning of the collection in swirling white made the models thighs look bottom heavy.

There was a beautiful series of looks, sometimes in acid green, that played with the female silhouette by segmenting it in three - in a similar direction to that of Raf Simons in previous Christian Dior shows. It was a highly feminine affair.


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