Trend Report: Global Fashion Roundup

by Editorial

Couture week, a $10,000 order on, Karl Lagerfeld writes with nail polish and glasses made from human hair.
By Nichole Devolites

Photo Courtsey of: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

Paris Couture shows were in full swing this week and some stunning styles graced the runways, against elegant backdrops.  View them here:

Not one to hold a boring show, check out what Chanel did for their Couture show – no word on whether or not these will go on sale.

… and what are shows without the drama?  Not as fun to report about.  According to sources, Dior’s Couture line suffered without Galliano.  Check out the behind-the-scenes photo shoot with Demarchelier to see more.

Those on Rue Saint Martin got a sneak peek at Gaultier’s Couture collection.  The models walked a red-carpet catwalk, connecting two buildings, where the show was taking place.  See the amazing detail in his collection here.

Couture is considered high fashion for a reason – it’s expressionistic art.  It tells a story.  Maison Martin Margiela set out to create just this with his “artisanal” line. Hint: Think old blankets, gaffa tape and seat belts.

Also debuting its Couture line this season: Alaïa, which received a standing ovation.  Check out the collection here.

A fashion trend hitting the Couture runways this year: white capes!  Although, some of these have been noted to look more like over-sized tutus than actual ready-to-wear designs.

… and what would Couture week be without a ball?  See what some attendees wore to the White Fairy Tale Love Ball that benefitted underprivileged Russian children who need playgrounds, including Anne Hathaway who got to wear the dress featured in Valentino’s Documentary.

Also while in Paris, it was announced that Anna Wintour received the Légion d’Honneur from President Sarkozy.  She received her medal, wearing Chanel Couture, hot off the runway – check out her polite but sparkly look.

Even though Christian Lacroix left his label long ago, he has teamed up with the Barcelona high-street fashion label, Desigual, for a new collection.

A Happy Birthday” is in order for, as it turned one this year.  Get an interesting sneak peek into the world of the eCommerce store through the eyes of the eCommerce Manager, including learning what their largest order has been and where it came from!

Speaking of shoes, Jimmy Choo is announcing a men’s line.  How did the announcement get out?  Through Mr. Porter – Net-a-Porter’s brother site.

Karl Lagerfeld designs his sketches, using Shu Uemura makeup.  But to write, it seems plain old ink is not good enough anymore.  It has been announced that he has teamed up with S.T. Dupont to create a burgundy lacquer (similar to the nail polish hues his beauty line sells) he can write with.  According to sources, these pens will be available for sale.

… and how would you feel about wearing sunglasses, made from human strands Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves, of the UK’s Royal College of Art are using the world’s “abundant” supply of human hair to make 100% biodegradable frames.  Is this taking recycling too far?

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