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Band of Outsiders stages 'longest show ever' in Paris

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For the Paris Fashion Week debut of his Band of Outsiders label, Scott Sternberg has decided to tweak the live presentation format by featuring a single model who will change into different looks from the spring 2013 men's collection over the course of a 60-hour stint in a Paris gallery window.

The "longest show ever" -- their words, not ours, but it seems logical -- is being streamed live through the label's website (and embedded below). It kicked off at 9:30 a.m. local time in Paris on Wednesday, and is scheduled to run until 9:30 p.m. on Friday, and is taking place in what Sternberg's press announcement describes as: "a small compartment built from cardboard boxes and wood planks adjacent to the window of an anonymous gallery in Paris," with the model visible through a window on the street.

The model will be on display (kind of like the folks who occupy the fish tank crash pad behind the front desk at the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood), from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time, only leaving the compartment every 90 minutes to be photographed and to change into a different look from the runway collection.

Besides being a novel -- and no doubt buzz-generating -- way to present a collection, it suddenly makes every interminably long runway show we've ever sat through seem like a breeze by comparison.

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Photo: A model sits in the window of a Paris gallery as part of the 60-hour presentation of Band of Outsiders' spring 2013 menswear collection. Credit: Thomas Samson / AFP/Getty Images

Fashion News: Alicia Keys, Sean Combs and Kanye West at Givenchy

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Maxime Simoens, 27, is the most recent designer to leave his post (a four-month stint designing for French fashion house Leonard) following a string of others including Stefano Pilati and Raf Simons. He's also the most recent talent rumored to be filling the Dior post. Could the young designer finally be the one everyone's been waiting for? WWD (subscription required), Fashionista Maximesimoens

Alber Elbaz celebrated 10 years at Lanvin with a party in Paris. Guests included Pharrell Williams and the always striking Tilda Swinton. Style.com

Speaking of celebrities seen at Paris Fashion Week, Sean Combs, Alicia Keys and Kanye West, a budding designer himself, sat front row at the Givenchy show on Sunday. Style.com

A study done in Britain shows that eating disorders can be linked to social and cultural influences, suggesting to some that advertisements and images featuring too-thin models should be banned by the government. Fashion Etc

L.A.-based label Equipment, maker of the beloved silk button-down shirts that fashion editors and insiders can't get enough of, is launching sweaters for fall. It presented a line of three basic silhouettes last week in Paris and will also expand on dresses and tweak its signature silk shirts into even more pared-down crew-neck tops. Elle

KanyeGivenchyActress and current face of Dior Mila Kunis has no doubt that she'll try face-filling injectables some day. People Style Watch

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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos, from top: Alicia Keys attends the Givenchy ready-to-wear fall/winter show at Paris Fashion Week; French designer Maxime Simoens appears on the catwalk after presenting the Leonard collection; Kanye West at the Givenchy show. Credits: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images; Francois Mori / Associated Press; Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Fashion News: Rick Owens sets his show aflame at Paris Fashion Week

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Rick Owens had one hot runway show Thursday during Paris Fashion Week. And we mean that literally. The models, many of them with stockings over their faces, walked beneath a line of fire. [The Cut]

When you have a bad hair day, you probably pull it all into a ponytail or slap on a hat. Celebrities are different. Rihanna reportedly had a bad hair day in London this week. Swimming in a hotel pool and using its sauna left her hair matted and tangled. Her celebrity solution? She flew her hairdresser in from L.A. to deal with the mess. [NY Post]

Kelly Cutrone, who made her debut as a judge on "America's Next Top Model" on Wednesday, has a theory about why so far models from the series haven't seemed to go on to be successful working models: They are too burned out from doing the show. [Fashionista]

Gwyneth Paltrow says she selected the slim white Tom Ford dress and cape she wore to Sunday's Academy Awards, below, because the ensemble reminded her of something Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis would have worn. [People]

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Artist/heiress Daphne Guinness plans to auction parts of her wardrobe his summer at Christie's to benefit the charity she set up in fashion maven Isabella Blow's memory. The pieces include designs from Alexander McQueen, Chanel and Balenciaga and are scheduled to go on sale June 27. [Elle]

Urban Outfitters was in trouble a while back for using Native American imagery on underwear. Now some Irish organizations are upset about St. Patrick's Day tie-ins, such as a hat with the words "Irish Yoga" over a drawing of a man on all fours, throwing up.  Congressman Tim Crowley, head of the Congressional Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs, sent a letter to Urban Outfitters Chief Executive Richard Hayne, asking him to stop. [Styleite]

The Connaught Group, which sells couture type clothing to wealhy women at trunk shows, is on the block itself, headed for a bankruptcy auction later this month. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Barney's Co-Op is forgoing print mailers to tout its spring collection, instead going entirely digital. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

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-- Susan Denley

Photos: From top, the Rick Owens show at Paris Fashion Week featured masked models and real flames. Credit: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images). Gwyneth Paltrow at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images.

Fashion News: Will Apple's new iPhone be the next 'It' thing? [Updated]

Forget about dressing up your outfit with the season's new "It" bag, earrings or scarf. I'm wondering if Apple's new iPhone 4S, unveiled Tuesday, will prove to be the season's hottest accessory? [Los Angeles Times]

Like many of the spring-summer 2012 women's collections being shown in Paris over the past week, Alexander McQueen's presentation Tuesday night was sweet and ladylike (despite the edgy masks covering the models' faces), as seen below. "It's all about femininity and womanhood," said creative director Sarah Burton (famous for, among other things, designing the breathtaking gown Kate Middleton wore when she married Prince William in April). The clothes were in soft, pearlescent colors and shaped to show off a woman's body, fitted in the bodice, nipped in at the waist.  [WWD]  

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The collection Marc Jacobs put on the runway for Louis Vuitton, below, was almost sugary sweet, with lace collars, vanilla tulle, sweet skirt suits and princess dresses -- "a heavenly constellation of prettiness," said the Telegraph's Lisa Armstrong. [Telegraph] 

Joan Smalls, left, and Kate Moss show sugary confections at the Louis Vuitton spring-summer 2011 show

Back to Alexander McQueen for a minute. The Kate Middleton wedding gown mentioned above drew a record number of visitors to Buckingham Palace when it was displayed from late July to Oct. 3: 600,000 people, topping the unofficial record of 420,000, set in 1994. [People]

"Project Runway All-Stars" has lined up some notable guest judges for the season that starts Nov. 3: model Miranda Kerr, hip-hop star Pharrell Williams and -- my personal favorite -- Miss Piggy. [The Cut]

Chico's signed up its first celebrity endorser, Diane Keaton, who will be featured in the brand's holiday campaign. [WWD] 

Giorgio Armani is slated to launch a website on Thursday, and it's intended to be a global flagship. The site will contain five of Armani's brands and will operate in the United States, Japan and 30 European countries. [WWD] (Subscription required.) The Getty Center, bathed in a light show  for the Pacific Standard Time exhibtions
The Getty Center was bathed in light, above, as it feted the immense Pacific Standard Time art extravaganza Sunday night, hosting more than 1,000 partygoers, with invites including artists (such as Judy Chicago, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Robert Irwin), actors (Cheech Marin, Lisa Edelstein, Angela Lansbury), politicians (Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa) and movers and shakers in the arts community (Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin, LACMA chief executive Michael Govan, MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch, Getty Trust chief executive James Cuno). Ellen Olivier of SocietyNewsLA shot this picture of the Getty serving as the backdrop for a light show, taking viewers through the period covered by Pacific Standard Time, 1945 to 1980. PST, as it is also known, encompasses exhibitions taking place at more than 60 cultural institutions and 70 art galleries from Santa Barbara to San Diego. [SocietyNews LA]

[Updated at 10:50 a.m. Oct. 9 to correct spelling of Lansbury.]

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-- Susan Denley

Upper photo: Sarah Burton's collection for Alexander McQueen was all about femininity. Jacques Brinon / Associated Press Photo

Middle photo: Models Joan Smalls, left, and Kate Moss show sugary confections at the Louis Vuitton spring-summer 2011 show. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Lower photo: The Getty Center, bathed in a light show Sunday night. Credit: Ellen Olivier / SocietyNewsLA

Frugal Fashion: Uma Thurman in Chanel at Paris Fashion Week

UmaKarl Lagerfeld presented the Chanel spring 2012 runway collection to a crowd of celebrity attendees during Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday in what fashion critic Booth Moore called "an ocean of delights."

Among the audience, Alexa Chung made an appearance in a gray dress with balloon sleeves, Clemence Poésy wore an elegant midnight blue gown and French designer and former model Ines de la Fressange wore icy blue pants and a tailored black tuxedo blazer.

Among the best dressed were those wearing Chanel's signature tweed designs: Anna Wintour in a gray coat and matching pencil skirt, for instance, and the very memorable Uma Thurman.

Thurman, who can next be seen in the films "Bel Ami," opposite "Twilight's" Robert Pattinson, and "Kill Bill: Vol. 3," attended the show in a full tweed ensemble. She wore a black tweed dress with braided detail and a gold and black colored tweed coat with fringe. She lightened up the heavy look with strappy black sandals, a loose but elegant up-do and sparkly stud earrings.

 Thurman's tweed pieces looked cozy against the show's snow-white background. For a similar dress try the AGB dress, cardigan and belt ensemble for $89 from Macys.com, the Tahari ASL stretch tweed belted asymmetrical dress from Bluefly.com for $89, or the tweed dress from Mango.com for $77. If a complete tweed outfit seems a little too much, try the tall tweed blouson dress with a tweed skirt and silky top from Loft.com for $98.

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For a chic tweed winter coat, get the Ani-Glam Meo jacket with neck embellishment from Chicos.com for $19.99 or the Jaclyn Smith women's sweater tweed jacket from Kmart.com for $44.99. Each piece would look great over a dress like Thurman's or with more casual attire, such as jeans and a white T-shirt.

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One of my favorite frugal fashion tips is to spruce up an old coat with new buttons. I can't tell you how many times I've bought a coat from a vintage shop, sewed on new buttons and completely transformed the coat. If you have an old tweed coat, or happen find one at a vintage shop, try replacing the buttons for an updated look that will take you well beyond the winter season.

-- Jenn Harris

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Photo: Uma Thurman attends the Chanel ready-to-wear spring-summer 2012 show Tuesday during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain /Getty Images

Dress photos, from left: AGB dress, cardigan and belt ensemble, $89, Macys.com; Tahari ASL stretch tweed belted asymmetrical dress, $89, Bluefly.com; Tweed dress, $77, Mango.com; Tall tweed blouson dress, $98, Loft.com

Coat photos, from left: Ani-Glam Meo jacket, $19.99, Chicos.com; Jaclyn Smith women's sweater tweed jacket, $44.99, Kmart.com

Chanel's spring 2012 ocean of delights

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Unfortunately, I'm sitting out Paris Fashion Week this season. One of the shows I am saddest to have missed is Chanel. From the photos, it looks like Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into an underwater palace with oversized white shells and coral creating an otherworldly stage.

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine was the musical guest (served up on a half-shell of course). And she looked like a goddess in a gown that appeared to have feather-like tenticles. (Bravo to Karl Lagerfeld for not falling back on tired mermaid references.)

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The angular accents on the suits looked fresh, offsetting the light, spongy tweeds in nearly irridescent colors. I also like the silver gladiator sandals, the chain-handle bag-as-wrapped-present and the pearls in the hair.

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Lagerfeld seemed to play a little with transparency on a couple of looks. And for evening, the sea of short dresses trimmed with petals and trailing streamers made the models look like wondrous creatures from the deep.

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-- Booth Moore

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Photo: Looks from Chanel's spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection presented Tuesday in Paris. Credit: Thibault Camus and Pascal de Segretain / Getty Images / Associated Press

Fashion News: 'DWTS's' Cheryl Burke talks about Rob Kardashian

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We've been keeping track lately of all the celebrities who seem to go on "Dancing With the Stars" and end up reshaping their bodies. So far it's mostly been women -- Kirstie Alley, for instance, and this season Ricki Lake. Apparently the men are also benefiting from the rigorous regimen. Cheryl Burke says partner Rob Kardashian has lost "a lot of weight. His whole physical appearance has changed," she says. "He's using different muscles. He's super sore all the time. I'm not sure if he's changing his diet, but the cardio is really good. I think he lost most of the weight just rehearsing from the jive because it's so fast-paced." [People]

Most of the people photographed on the front rows of important runway shows are seriously important fashion editors -- Vogue's Anna Wintour -- or publicity-attracting film or music stars, sometimes "contracted" for the occasion. But Princess Charlene (Wittstock) of Monaco was front-row at the Akris show in Paris over the weekend, possibly just because she likes Akris (which she wears often). [Cut]

Bill Gaytten's collection for the Galliano label, also shown in Paris over the weekend, was another one of several of the European spring-summer 2012 collections that seem to have been inspired by the 1920s, just like collections seen in Milan from Gucci and Emporio Armani. Gaytten kind of, sort of hinted that maybe, just maybe, his former boss John Galliano -- who fell from grace in an anti-Semitism scandal -- will return to fashion. [Cut]  

Kate Winslet is teaming up with Lancôme on a limited-edition makeup collection to benefit the Golden Hat Foundation, a charity Winslet established to aid autistic children. The cosmetics company promised to donate 150,000 euros from the proceeds -- about $198,000 at current exchange rates. [Telegraph]

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Elle magazine once declared Marisa Berenson, right, "the most beauiful girl in the world." Now 64, the granddaughter of famed couturier Elsa Schiaperelli appeared in her christening gown in Vogue, and went on to be one of the most famous faces of the 1960s, '70s, '80s ... and on to this day. A new book, "Marisa Berenson, A Life in Pictures (Rizzoli)," chronicles her glamorous and sometimes sad (sister Berry was in one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center) journey. [Telegraph]

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Photos, from top: Cheryl Burke and Rob Kardashian perform on "Dancing With the Stars"; Marisa Berenson, right, with Yasmine Besson and Antoine Arnault at Christian Dior's spring-summer 2012 show in Paris on Friday. Credits: Adam Taylor / ABC; Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Paris Fashion Week: Worst-dressed celebrities [Poll]

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The list of celebrity attendees at Paris Fashion Week would rival that of the Oscars. You'd think with that many beautiful people roaming around, fashion faux pas would be at a minimum. But this year,  they were rampant.

Among the worst dressed was Lindsay Lohan, who attended the KW by Kanye West runway show in a beige dress with what looked like a velour top, wrinkled bottom and too-long sleeves. You can't tell in this picture, but the skirt was even frayed down the sides. She looked like a distraught Champagne Barbie in desperate need of a bra. There was also Jared Leto at Givenchy in a black sleeveless top with extremely low cut arms, giving everyone an unwanted peek at his furry pits. And at the Yves Saint Laurent show, Aussie pop queen Kylie Manogue looked like she stole a uniform from a candy striper, cut it up and sewed on a kangaroo pouch. Massive fail.

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Model Sky Ferreira wins our award from frumpiest belle of the week in a black velour sweatshirt with floral wreath, white socks and combat boots. Rossi De Palma attempted chic grunge, but honestly, those two words never belong in the same sentence together. And lastly, model Poppy Delevigne mistook the Nina Ricci show for a slumber party, showing up in a black lace top, purple drawstring pants, suede boots and peekaboo bra. Who do you think was the worst of them all? Take our poll or let us know in the comments below.

-- Jenn Harris

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Top photo, from left: Lindsay Lohan attends the KW by Kanye West show; Jared Leto attends the Givenchy show; Kylie MInogue attends the Yves Saint Laurent show. Credit for all: Pascal Le Segretain /Getty Images.

Bottom photo, from left: Sky Ferreira attends the Dw by Kanye West show; Rossi De Palma attends Givenchy; Poppy Delevigne attends the Nina Ricci show. Credit for all: Pascal Le Segretain /Getty Images.

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Miranda Kerr Victoria's Secret models Miranda Kerr (at left) and Karolina Kurkova (leading the pack, above) walked in Christian Dior's show in Paris on Friday, to the delight of their fans, as did Dior face Karlie Kloss. But critics found the collection to be a bit dull, absent the inspiration of former creative director John Galliano. [The Cut]

The clothes in Dior's spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection were ladylike, perhaps uber-feminine with exaggerated hips and nipped in waists. Bill Gaytten, the designer in charge until a permanent replacement is named for Galliano, did "a restrained job," the New York Times said, using shades of cream, gray, pale blue and the ubiquitous black and white.  There were a few pops of poppy, too, a color that showed up as an accent in several other collections, as well.

Roland Mouret showed another ladylike collection, which seemed inspired by summer vacations circa 1940. Skirts and dresses were livened up and brought into this century with touches like banding around the body, peekaboo midriffs (both shown in the flirty dress below) and unexpected graphics. (A heavily-lashed eye appeared on several garments ... looking to me, at least, rather like a spider running amok.) There were also pencil skirts, slouchy trousers  and tailored shorts. [Telegraph]

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Also on Friday, at Paris Fashion Week:

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Hussein Chalayan showed loose, flowy clothes in neutrals and pops of color, below. The models sipped champagne, served to them at the end of the runway by Chalayan, dressed as a waiter.

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Isabel Marant went for a more casual look, with a new take on some familiar patches and prints, below, chunky sweaters and lots of color. 

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Alber Elbaz's collection for Lanvin showed a sense of strength, with big shoulders, pencil-thin skirts (below).

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And Maison Martin Margiela put out capes that looked like Saran Wrap on models who probably couldn't see where they were going with all the hair styled to cover their faces.

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-- Susan Denley

Photos, from top: Karolina Kurkova leads a parade of models as Dior shows its spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week. Miranda Kerr also appeared in the Dior show. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Binding and a peekaboo midriff on Roland Mouret's catwalk. Credit: Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images

Models sip champagne in the background at Hussein Chalayan's show. Credit: Laurent Cipriani /Associated Press

A colorful print and patched pants for a casual look at Isabel Marant. Credit: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

A strong look from Lanvin. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Saran Wrap and odd hair at Maison Martin Margiela. Credit: Pierre Verdy / AFP/ Getty Images

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Fashion News: Elton John dresses down for Las Vegas

Fashion News: Elton John dresses down for Las Vegas

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Elton John dressed pretty toned-down -- for Elton John -- when his new "The Million Dollar Piano" show debuted at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Wednesday night. He was clad in a black tuxedo jacket that looked like it had "just weathered a gold-glitter downpour," reports L.A. Times pop music editor Randall Roberts, along with black pants and gold shoes. "There were no peacock feathers, and his windshield-wiper spectacles remained in storage. But the singer still exuded sparkle," Roberts writes. Shoot. I was hoping for the next Liberace. [Los Angeles Times]  

OMG! Tom Brady cut his hair. That's right. The famously shaggy New England Patriots'  quarterback (and husband of supermodel Giselle Bundchen) is shaggy no more. [People]

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More looks for spring-summer 2012 came down the runways Thursday during Paris Fashion Week. Rick Owens' collection, above, had a sculptural quality, with long, lean column dresses in monotones. Nina Ricci showed vivid florals and floaty feminine dresses in lavender and red; Anne Demeulemeester stuck with blacks in soft, floaty fabrics; Balmain did pale blues and luxe golds in work shirts paired with minis, the shortest of shorts and rich brocaded jackets. Balenciaga showed loose, almost square jackets with enormous shoulders, dresses broad at shoulder and hem while nipped in at the waist, and more of those short-shorts.  [The Cut]

Balmain It was Olivier Rousteing's first showing since taking over as head designer at Balmain, and many critics liked what they saw from the 26-year-old, such as the skirt and blouse combo at left. The collection was inspired by Las Vegas, cowboys and matadors. Without veering far from the usual Balmain aesthetic, it showed Rousteing to be a "worthy successor, but one who may develop a promising voice of his own," according to Vogue. [Vogue] [The Cut]

Balenciaga's audience was somewhat distracted, however, when the benches they were sitting on began to collapse, tossing the likes of Carine Roitfeld (former editor of French Vogue) to the floor. After several collapsed -- yes, several -- the audience was ordered to stand for the duration. [Telegraph]

Out magazine came up with a list of 50 notable gay men and asked readers to rank the best- and worst-dressed.  Tom Ford came out on top, followed by Adam Lambert and Marc Jacobs. Boy George fared the worst (being just slightly worse-dressed than Perez Hilton, readers said). But Olympic skater Johnny Weir made both lists, placing fourth on both the best- and worst-dressed lists.  [Out]

-- Susan Denley

Photos: From top,  Elton John, looking low-key (for Elton and for Vegas). Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images. Rick Owens' models showing the spring-summer 2012 collection. Credit: Francois Guillot /AFP/Getty Images.  A look from Olivier Rousteing's maiden collection for Balmain. Credit:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images).

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