Flower girls: Christian Dior's ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2014 collection in Paris

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Alien vines wrap wrists and shoes sprout roots in Paris Fashion Week’s biggest show thus far

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French chambermaids strike over pay

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Catwalk focus at Paris Fashion Week

Photographers capture a model striding down the catwalk, sporting a brand new creation by Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato, who yesterday unveiled her spring-summer 2013 ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week.

American journalists rarely attend London Fashion Week, instead preferring Milan or Paris - but US Vogue Editor Anna Wintour made a visit to London for the spring/summer 2003 season. This week brought 50s style outfits back into fashion, with designers such as Russell Sage adding small details to familiar shapes – a pleat here; a bow there.

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From today, the biggest names in the fashion world will descend upon the capital for London Fashion Week 2012.

Models on the Paris catwalk in creations by Jean Paul Gaultier

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The father of Amy Winehouse has accused a top fashion designer of cashing in on the late singer's death by using her as the inspiration for his latest catwalk show.

A little Dolly on the catwalk

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'I remember nothing', says John Galliano

Shamed fashion designer John Galliano cannot remember an anti-Semitic rant he is facing criminal charges over because he was out of control on drugs and pills at the time, a court heard today.

Man appears in FHM's '100 Sexiest Women' list

That readers of FHM have voted an androgynous man in to their most recent list of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World might have been a cause for celebration among equal rights campaigners.

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