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  • Actress Jessica Chastain poses for photographers as she arrives for the screening of Foxcatcher at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    CANNES WATCH: Chastain flutters in Saab couture

    Ivory-skinned, red-head beauty Jessica Chastain looked like an ethereal Roman goddess for the "Foxcatcher" premiere at Cannes in a gown by Elie Saab.

  • A model wears a creation by Lebanese fashion designer Zuhair Murad as part of his Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection presentation, in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2014 (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

    COUTURE: J. Lopez designer Zuhair Murad caps shows

    Paris' frenetic spring-summer couture week wrapped up Thursday with displays mixing one of Jennifer Lopez's favorite red-carpet designers Zuhair Murad with other promising up-and-coming names.

  • French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, right, rushes towards burlesque artist Dita Von Teese at the end of his Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 in Paris. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

    COUTURE: Von Teese at Gaultier, Paz Vega hits Saab

    Thousands of hours of fastidious couture burst out onto the catwalks for Wednesday's dramatic Paris shows - including displays from Valentino, Elie Saab and Viktor & Rolf. The spring-summer 2014 collections provoked applause, gasps, cheers and generally so much enthusiasm that one fashion journalist even fell off the stage trying to speak to Jean Paul Gaultier. The Associated Press also caught up with a real life haute couture client who owns over 1,500 astronomically-priced gowns.

  • Luxembourg royals tie knot in religious ceremony

    Under a canopy of soldiers' drawn swords as church bells tolled, Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy emerged smiling Saturday from the tiny duchy's Notre Dame Cathedral after wrapping up a two-day wedding gala with a religious ceremony.

  • Gaultier channels Winehouse, stars shop for Oscars

    The final day of Paris's spring-summer haute couture week saw Jean Paul Gaultier serve up a cigarettes-and-all homage to late singer Amy Winehouse and Valentino show off the dazzling couture work of seamstresses who toiled for thousands of hours to create a lavish white collection.

  • Couture ends with revolution, as masses enter show

    Paris' three-day-long fall-winter 2011-12 haute couture extravaganza wrapped up Wednesday with a mini revolution that challenged the established order of this elitist world by allowing the uninitiated masses into a show.

  • A model shows a creation from French designer Jean Charles De Castelbajac as part of his Fall-Winter ready-to-wear 2012 fashion collection, presented in Paris, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Gaultier's last Hermes collection ends Paris shows

    Fashionistas breathed a fatigued sigh of relief as the spring-summer 2011 ready-to-wear collections that took them from New York to London to Milan and finally to Paris for nine show-packed days wrapped up Wednesday with an equestrian show at French heritage saddle-maker Hermes that marked the end of designer Jean Paul Gaultier's seven-year tenure there.

  • Lebanese fashion designer Robert Abi Nader speaks with the Associated Press in his office in Antelias, a northern suburb of Beirut, on Thursday, April 23, 2009. Amid a largely conservative Muslim Arab region, Lebanon, with its blend of cosmopolitan flair, dynamic social scene and glamorous women, has long stood out as the fashion capital of the Middle East. It also has produced an impressive crop of fashion designers with international acclaim, whose work is now regularly featured at international fashion shows and celebrity events. (AP Photo/Grace Kassab)

    Lebanon is capital of Mideast fashion

    The gowns are cut low in the front, slashing down to the navel, or low in the back, swooping below the waist, inset with delicate see-through fabric. They couldn't be further from the modest dress generally worn by women in the Muslim Arab world.

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