House of Chanel is a girl's best friend

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Stepping out in style yesterday at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, two models display the latest haute couture creations from the house of Chanel. Security was even tighter than usual at the show, as the company is launching a new line of jewellery in the spring. Tens of thousands of pounds worth of diamonds - including a near-priceless jewel-encrusted comet choker worn by the Scottish model Kirsty Hume - glittered among the featherlight chiffon, feathers and lace. One model, pictured left, wore a creation seemingly made out of thick, twisted white string.

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Photographs: Ben Elwes/AFP