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It's couture, dahhhling

The grand high queen of fashion weeks - Paris Couture Week - started today and certainly did not disappoint. Dior wowed the assembled devotees with a show that many have described as a return to classic glamour. We're not sure 'classic glamour' is ever very far away from a couture catwalk, and you certainly couldn't argue with the enormous layered skirts, alligator skin belted-waists and 1940s hair dos at Dior. See the photos on Vogue's site here.

Today's other big shows were hotly-tipped young couturier Alexis Mabille and Giorgio Armani's Privé. The latter opted for a space-age vibe with metallics fabrics and iridescent detailing, set off by 'flying saucer' head pieces created by master milliner Philip Treacy.

Tomorrow sees Chanel and Givenchy take to the catwalk - and on Wednesday Jean Paul Gaultier, Elie Saab , Valentino, and Stéphane Rolland will unveil their glittering creations. If you fancy snapping an item or two up for yourself, all you need to do is beg, plead and possibly lie your way into one of the shows, befriend the designer in question, whip out your cheque book and scribble a £100,000 note. Easy peasy!

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