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PARIS: haute couture wrapped up in gold

fashion-and-trends Updated: Jan 27, 2013 01:29 IST

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Four days of haute couture shows wrapped up in Paris on Thursday, with the easy chic of designers Beatrice Demulder Ferrant contrasting with Zuhair Murad’s golden goddesses.

Aiming for clothes that were “practical and elegant, shaped but not stiff”, Frenchwoman Demulder Ferrant’s collection combined luxury and comfort. Sky blue and navy damask trousers were teamed with a matching tunic or navy blazer, while a red and black damask skirt slashed to the thigh was worn with matching sleeveless top, long red leather gloves and ankle boots.

Standing out for evening were a backless floor-length dress in grey chiffon accessorised with long silver earrings, and a short purple “twisted” wool dress. Guest Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad, whose models looked like goddesses in gold laurel hairbands, meanwhile sent out a sumptuous, super feminine collection. Evening dresses in faded gold, glacier blue, pale green and powdered salmon silk all featured intricate gold embellishments. Flowing capes and trains completed some of the robes creating dramatic silhouettes.

“It is an honour to be invited by these big names and a responsibility too,” Murad was quoted as saying. Customers were spread around the globe, he said, with many in Russia and a growing number in Asia. “I think this (Asia) is the future,” he added.