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Show girl

Honor Fraser modelled John Galliano's debut collection for Givenchy just over a year ago, and attended his recent triumph at Christian Dior. Now she's just starred for Alexander McQueen in his first Givenchy show. Tamsin Blanchard hears her tale of two collections -, and three famous Brits - in Paris last month. Illustrator Richard Gray captures the moments

Rude boys

Tamsin Blanchard finds skinheads and mods mingling with baggy- trousered wide boys at the Paris menswear collections. Photographs by Jon Fischer

Made in Streatham, made it in Paris

John Galliano (left), plumber's son, born in Gibraltar, and raised in dreary south London, is truly one of us. He is the darling of the French, but as English as an illegal rave

Givenchy swings back to the future

Alexander McQueen, the maverick designer, has created a clear- cut, modern, first haute couture collection. Tamsin Blanchard reports from Paris. Pictures by Ben Elwes

Briton gives Givenchy a Greek look

Alexander McQueen, the Damien Hirst of the fashion world, shocked Paris yesterday by unveiling his first collection for the Givenchy couture house without shocking.

Versace slinks into Paris for the spring

The undisputed king of slinky evening dressing opened the Paris spring and summer couture shows yesterday with a mix of the tasteful and the garish, the colours clashing on wildly-patterned sequined dresses, writes Tamsin Blanchard.

lots of partridges and no bloody poetry

Twelfth Night tomorrow and it's time for one last look at this year's cards and a brief thought for everyone who sent them. I suppose you know you're getting old when you start getting cards and not knowing who they're from. "Merry Christmas from John and illegible" in Hong Kong causes several minutes of incomprehension. Then realisation dawns: a long- lost friend who decamped to the Orient years ago and legend had it, married a Mongolian, thus revealing depths of romance and passion hitherto undreamed of behind a rather stolid exterior.

The stuff of fantasy

First it was Jane Austen adaptations, now it's `Evita' - how small and large screens put ideas into designers' heads.

Hooked on classics

Although completely contemporary, these designs first took shape before Alexander McQueen was even a twinkle in his mother's eye. Audrey Hepburn's favourite Givenchy sheath dress, for example, has changed little over the decades, while Joseph Thimister at Balenciaga pays homage to his mentor by recreating the meringue- caped dress from original sketches by Cristobal. Yves Saint Laurent's Le Smoking suit has been in production for 30 years, and Coco Chanel was photographed by Cecil Beaton wearing a gold lace coat-dress, like the one shown overleaf, back in 1935. Reinvention for modern women. Photographs by Francois Rotger. Styling by Sophia Neophitou

Lacroix still a master of the mix

It was African, 18th-century with a little bit of Mozart madness thrown in for good measure. Christian Lacroix, the master of eccentric French dressing, showed an upbeat but disciplined collection yesterday. There were bright mixes of colour, fine woven fabrics, and bright abstract patterns.

Dior day looms for John Galliano

Fashion wars: British designer poised to take over top job at French house

Sporting chance for Galliano

John Galliano showed his second haute couture collection for the House of Givenchy yesterday, in a sports stadium on the outskirts of Paris.

a stranger in paris

John Galliano's debut has sent shock waves through the genteel house of Givenchy. Tamsin Blanchard reports overleaf

THE MILLINER'S TALE

Stephen Jones has been creating wondrous, gravity-defying hats since the heady days of the Blitz Club a decade and a half ago. His first commission came from the proprietor of the club, Steve Strange; and it didn't take long before his headgear was sitting atop the raggedy plaits of Boy George. But although Jones's fashionable creations gained him instant notoriety, it is his talent for making striking hats for all occasions that has been responsible for the continuing growth of his business. Jones makes hats for Galliano, Givenchy and Balenciaga; Philip Treacy, the other great Nineties hatter, began his apprenticeship with Jones. Last November, Jones opened his first shop, which is in London's Covent Garden. This Easter, the milliner offers tips on when and where to wear his hats.

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