From John Galliano's celebration of 500 years of painting at Christian Dior to Jean-Paul Gaultier's irreverent take on European and Indian royalty, the latest round of haute couture shows for winter 2008 began and ended on an upbeat note.
It rained on Karl Lagerfeld's parade for Chanel on Tuesday, July 3rd with a vengeance. The heavens opened, turning the garden venue in Saint Cloud in the outlying Paris suburbs into a quagmire before the show had even begun.
Christian Dior's new designer Kris van Assche unveiled Sunday, july 1st his debut collection for the 60-year-old House, returning to the drop-dead elegance of its founder and 1950s style Hollywood razzmatazz.
Ann Demeulemeester turned to the iconoclastic Dada movement to dress the poetic dandy, as Veronique Branquinho mixed East and West to create Monsieur Butterfly at the Paris men's fashion run for next spring and summer.
Milan Fashion run of men's fashion shows for next summer displayed brazen irreverence Monday, June 25 with Moschino's fluorescent tones, Gucci's slimline tweeds and John Richmond's gangster chic suits.