By Thomas Adamson, AP
PARIS–Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the spectacular displays at Paris’ haute couture week Wednesday.
Sophie Hunter, the fiancee of Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, meanwhile, caused much fracas when she attended Valentino hiding her baby bump.
But it was surely Naomi Campbell who stole the show, strutting out panther-like at Jean Paul Gaultier despite being dressed as a bouquet of flowers. It’s good to know that high fashion still retains its humor.
Here are the tidbits and highlights of the 2015 spring-summer collections. Carla Bruni Mobbed, Then Celebrated
Unaccompanied Bruni was mobbed by intrusive cameramen upon entering the Jean Paul Gaultier collection.
As she arrived at the top of the venue’s marble steps the scrum grew, she panicked, calling out: ��Where do I go? Where is the show?��
The 47-year-old former French first lady then physically forced one of the lenses away from her face.
Once in her front row seat, the mood changed �X and she was seen to be enjoying herself. There were even cheers when her 2002 hit ��Quelqu’un m’a dit�� was played in the show soundtrack.
��It’s completely understandable I love her songs and it was perfect,�� said Gaultier, unaware of the scuffle. Life After Ready-to-wear
Jean Paul Gaultier chose to explore marriage in white �X and divorce, in black �X for his first couture show after the end of his ready-to-wear line.
The obvious symbolism was renewal, or change �X after bidding an emotional goodbye last season to his over-three-decade long ��pret-a-porter�� career.
But there was no soul searching whatsoever in this infectious and imaginative show.
Burlesque star Von Teese and Eurovision Song contest winner Conchita Wurst were among celebrity guests escorted to sections named after wedding anniversaries: amethyst for 6 years, jade for 12 years, emerald for 20 years �X and the unromantic-sounding granite, for the near-impossible 90-year-celebration.
Gaultier, ever the optimist, said that the end of the ready-to-wear had given him more time to ��perfect the techniques and the work of the atelier, which was unbelievable�� �X such as a trompe l’oeil dress resembling python skins, which was, in reality, embroidered silk knots.
Whatever this aging enfant terrible does, one thing is a constant: Fun.
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