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

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Fashion: Couture? Corset is

Couture this week, and the bright, the beautiful and the billionaires have been watching manifold creations waft through the halls of Paris's many palais. The roll call of houses still producing for this most exclusive of markets may be small, but the scale of the operations – and budgets – are anything but. Jackets start at £8,000 and dresses can go upwards of £20,000.

Extravagant, escapist and extremely expensive

As the recession bites into even the biggest budgets, John Galliano revisits Dior's heritage for post-War glamour. Carola Long reports

Fashion: Chiffon takes on a new toughness with Autumn's transparency trend

Spotted at Glastonbury: Lily Allen's pants. Not that they were easily missed, mind you, with the young singer wandering around in the most transparent of sheer slips. It actually looks a bit like it was drawn on to her later by an injurious censor, so clear were her matching undies beneath its gauzy netting.

Miuccia: the metal guru

Further proof, if ever we needed it, that where Miuccia Prada leads, the rest of the fash pack follows. There were precious metals across the catwalks for autumn, in homage to Prada's spring/ summer collection, which featured knowingly rumpled gold-jacquard skirts, bra-tops and drawstring cropped jackets.

Ready to Wear: Pink used to be for Barbie dolls and sugar plum fairies

Pink. It’s the colour of the spring/summer season. And it’s far from the preserve of elitist circles. You can’t move for this less-than-neutral shade at the school gates where peony pink T-shirts and cardigans have replaced anything more sombre in hue.

Observations: Life's a drag – so why not don the sequins and spandex?

"More is more" is the philosophy behind the costumes in the musical of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The show is currently previewing at the Palace Theatre in the West End of London, and the maestro behind the rhinestone-studded, camper than Christmas wardrobe is Tim Chappel, who won an Oscar for his costumes for the original movie.

Galliano pays homage to Dior archive

John Galliano is in bohemian mood for Christian Dior in Paris this season. Bohemian, at least, by the standards of a grand house such as Dior's, and compared to last season's overtly sexy, Eighties-style collection, which featured short skirts and bustier tops.

Milliner's paradise: Stephen Jones turns detective to curate a new exhibition at the V&A

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