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Couture shows kick off today in Paris

Christian Dior Haute Couture 2 Today marks the start of the couture shows in Paris. Don't ask about what these creations might cost ... or their relevance in the global recession. It's pointless.

Just look at the hats ... the vibrant colors ... the innerwear as outerwear ... and marvel at Dior designer John Galliano's homage to the 1950s. 

Jenny Barchfield of the Associated Press shares a few details:

Half-dressed models in waspwaisted jackets with outrageous bouffant sleeves and flesh-colored garter belts, or in pouffy skirts heavy with beadwork and pointy 1950s-era bras, loped languidly through the labyrinthine showrooms at Dior’s Paris flagship store, where the runway show was held.

Hourglass-shaped dresses in vibrant jewel tones dipped in the back to reveal the suggestive laces of a tightly cinched corset. A flesh-colored slip peeked out from beneath a knee-length dress, its sexy silk undermining the dress’ straight-laced seriousness. The skirt of a strapless ballgown in embroidered pink duchess satin was cut out in front and back to frame the model’s stockinged legs.

Harper's Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey said "the half-dressed look was emblematic of the times," the AP reported. "It implied that things are out of kilter."

Well said.

-- Alice Short

Pictures: Fall-Winter 2009/2010 Paris couture shows.

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Photos: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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Fashion Diary: Christian Lacroix files for bankruptcy protection

Christian_rage Gossip, first impressions, trends-in-the-making, celebrities and style setters. A regular feature by fashion critic Booth Moore.

Sad to hear the news this morning that Christian Lacroix has filed for bankruptcy protection, and just when his exuberant, puffed-up, 1980s-era designs were starting to come back into fashion, too. Marc Jacobs borrowed heavily from Lacroix's aesthetic for his fall Louis Vuitton collection, and Freida Pinto wore a Lacroix gown to the Golden Globes earlier this year. But Lacroix himself hasn't gotten much attention from the fashion world recently.

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