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Glimpses from Paris: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Valentino, Anna dello Russo and Christian Loubotin


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Filed by Lucire staff/March 25, 2011/8.19


While Paris editor Lola Saab went Stateside to help our New York Fashion Week coverage, our new correspondent Léona d’Huy popped in to the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac autumn–winter 2011–12 show, entitled Woman/Ray, for Lucire at the Place de la Concorde. Her report from the events of March 8 follow, translated from the French.

Photographers take pictures with celebrities or unknowns, wearing such extravagant clothes that are admired here, or mocked outside fashion week circles as passé.
   The show begins after a strong musical number, acted out as an on-stage battle, between Kanye West and Katy Perry. The battle is over, the light goes out, the music roars and the models begin to emerge on to the catwalk with pale make-up and blood-red lips. The clothes this season are less extravagant but as original as previous collections, again thanks to their unusual prints.
   There are lots of brown, white and red, diaphanous dresses and gorgeous coats that are unmistakable.
   Knowing Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to be a fine historian, one can see that he has mixed fashion and art history, including hats featuring skull prints, and the unpretentious and daring accessories in this collection.
   The close sees a glimpse of de Castelbajac and a model (finally) smiling!—Léona d’Huy

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CNN

Meanwhile, also from the Parisian catwalks, CNN’s Icon has caught up with Valentino, Anna dello Russo and Christian Louboutin.
   Valentino, who has designed for women from Jacqueline Kennedy to Julia Roberts, invited the American news network to his home, a seventeenth-century château outside Paris, to look at his greatest designs.
   In the second preview, Anna dello Russo, Vogue Japan‘s editor-at-large, shows Myleene Klass her 4,000-strong shoe collection. Klass gets to look inside the closet of dello Russo at the Ritz.
   Finally, Christian Louboutin—who can count Carla Bruni, Madonna and Lady Gaga among his fans—invites CNN to his Parisian atelier to examine his inspirations (which have included fish scales, spiderwebs and building columns) and witness the making of a pair of stilettos.
   The programme airs on Saturday the 26th at 6.30, 15.00 and 22.30 GMT, and Sunday the 27th at 3.30, 7.30, and 18.30 GMT.

Valentino

Anna dello Russo

Christian Loubotin

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