Paris Haute couture Fashion Week

As we awake to another dull, mild, miserable day in London little do most know that on the other side of the water Paris is awaking to the bright lights, dramatic, and intense week, that is Haute Couture.

Only a handful of fashion editors, wealthy clients and buyers will feast their eyes on the creative delights that await from such fashion houses as Dior and Givenchy, and only a selective few designers are ever asked to show in front of these people. It is the crème de la crème of the fashion world and if you’re name isn’t down you are certainly not coming in. Those lucky few – some who have shown for years, comprise of Chanel, Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier et al, and throughout the four days showing a total of just over twenty designers will showcase; that’s less than half of what is packed into a four-day stint at London Fashion Week.

My favourites are always Chanel, Valentino and Dior. Dreamy and inspirational they are whimsical ideals which allow you to get lost in the images for hours. However, already editors are tweeting and filing copy; The Daily Telegraph‘s Fashion Director, Hilary Alexander, is already on the scene and has managed to report a preview on the Armani Privé collection for spring/summer 2011 before it is even shown at 6pm (Paris time) today.

I for one will be watching – and blogging – with a beady eye. This is one fashion week I plan not to miss…

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