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FASHION: PARIS '98

The supremacy of French designers is no more. The Japanese, Belgians and British are setting the trends. Tamsin Blanchard reports from the Autumn/Winter collections

Classics from the newest Brits on Paris catwalk

THE two newest Brits in Paris showed their collections yesterday: 26-year-old Stella McCartney for Chloe and 28-year-old Alexander McQueen for Givenchy. Both presented collections that were true to the style as the houses they are employed by, writes Tamsin Blanchard.

Go western, young woman

There's no call to go over the top with this cowgirl thang, but a little touch of fringing won't go amiss this spring

Fashion: Copy cat

It is a well practised jape to use the office photocopier to reproduce various parts of your own or your colleagues' anatomy, at risk of temporary blindness (or total humiliation). But Katerina Jebb has made an art form out of using a large-scale photocopier as camera lens, and in a series of images exploring the use of beading, sequins, feathers, texture and surface decoration in the new season's collections, her magical life-size copies pick out every detail. Styling by Sophia Neophitou

Givenchy backers get their reward

With Versace not holding a couture show this season - out of respect for the couturier who was shot dead in Miami last summer - Givenchy is now the house for modern haute couture.

Punk frock

We've seen Lolita, power woman and hippie girl. Now it's the turn of leather-clad rock chic, all attitude, snarls and fishnet tights. Photographs by Justin Smith. Styling by Sophia Neophitou.

All you need is style: Stella McCartney provides a hit for Chloe

"All you need is love" ran the opening refrain at Stella McCartney's soundtrack for her first collection for the house of Chloe yesterday in Paris. She has the name and the fame already. Now, all she really needs is the design reputation to live up to it all.

Style: McQueen takes London by storm

Do you believe the hype? Or is Alexander McQueen having the last laugh? Melanie Rickey reports from last night's McQueen fashion extravaganza.

More power to your shoulder

get the look ... and get it right

Designers under the influence

The fashion zeitgeist is one thing, plagiarism is another. James Sherwood reports on the fine line between inspiration and imitation

People in fashion: World of the strange

It takes a bizarre imagination to create sets for Alexander McQueen's shows - like Simon Costin's - says Chris Maume

Fashion: The house that Dominique built

Dominique Sirop missed out on the big job at Givenchy, but he has developed a loyal following of his own. By Ian Phillips

To die for? McQueen strips style to the bone

The curtains swathing the rooms in the Parisian medical school were blood- red, but contrary to rumours, there were no human remains or dismembered body parts to be seen in Alexander McQueen's second and apparently triumphant haute couture collection for Givenchy.

Givenchy's enfant terrible offers sex and sensuality

The British designer, Alexander McQueen, enfant terrible of catwalk shock tactics, let rip at the house of Givenchy with a hard-core ready- to-wear show yesterday.
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