Life and Style Kate Moss at the Louis Vuitton autumn/winter 2011 show in Paris

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During the New York collections last month, designer Marc Jacobs declared fashion's love affair with celebrity to be on the wane. He promptly put his money where his mouth was by stripping his normally star-studded front row of the A-list contingent entirely. Just two days before the 2010 Oscar ceremony and the powers that be at Christian Dior beg to differ, clearly.

McQueen found dead on eve of his mother's funeral

Fashion world shocked by suicide of Alexander McQueen as Twitter page reveals impact of designer's loss

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Galliano's glamour in spiritual home of Dior

The audience at a Christian Dior couture show expects the clothes to be presented with a theatrical flourish, and John Galliano delivered. Held at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris, where Dior himself set up his grand salon, yesterday's show felt like a turbocharged take on the original couture shows of the late Forties and Fifties.

Dutch designer inspired by gory world of the trenches

Thimister fires the first salvo of haute couture week in Paris with military chic
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