Autumn haute couture

By Jo Finzi

It was a case of watch this Chanel as the outdoor show in the St Cloud Orangerie revealed Karl Lagerfeld’s autumn colours.

Seasonal shades of rust, green and charcoal were offset by dips of cream.

“Haute couture has to be the ultimate in luxury or else a luxurious pret-a-porter would suffice,” said Lagerfeld.

“If it is not truly exceptional it has no reason to be.” As his final creation appeared covered in white feathers and offset by a pair of sunglasses, we could see what he meant!

Fur and feathers drifted like autumn leaves through this season’s haute couture.

Valentino’s final autumn collection dazzled in front of an appreciative audience. This was his prelude to last month’s sad fashion moment as he revealed his last ever Paris collection - for Spring 2008 - after a mere 45 stylish years.

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