Fashion lovers gathered in Paris this week for the haute couture fall/winter 2011 presentations, which run from Monday, July 4 to Thursday, July 7.
The event shows collections from iconic designers including Valentino, Giorgio Armani Prive, Givenchy and Jean-Paul Gaultier and concludes fashion celebrations that traveled to New York, London and Milan in the first half of the year.
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For the first time in 15 years, the Christian Dior show did not feature John Galliano, the British designer sacked in the spring for his anti-Semitic rant in a bar in Paris.
Chanel dazzled with a set recreating a life-size Place Vendome, known as the center of Paris luxury, while Giorgio Armani Prive dedicated his collection to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Emerging French talent Alexandre Vauthier's collection was dominated by red and by outfits that prompted AP fashion writers to say, "It's official. The Devil no longer wears Prada."