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Paris Fashion Week

Catfight on the catwalk as YSL designer bites back at scathing reviews

Never start a fight with anyone who buys ink by the barrel, so the saying goes. That advice appears to have been ignored by a designer at the legendary fashion label Yves Saint Laurent, who has hit back at the press after his debut collection was given less than favourable reviews this week.

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.

'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.

Harriet Walker: I don't want to be a princess any more

The day I learnt how Anne Boleyn met her grisly end, I shrugged my shoulders and continued to hope against hope that one day I'd be a princess. When Diana died, I was young enough to be bemused by all the caterwauling and old enough to realise that she would have been better off had she not got caught up in the wheels of the Great Pumpkin Carriage of State. But I still secretly wished I could be a princess.

Galliano's navel-gazing brings twist of the tropics

Always spectacular, John Galliano yesterday imagined that Christian Dior had dropped "anchor at a South Pacific naval base" and opened his spring/ summer 2011 show at Paris Fashion Week with a quote from Bettie Page: "I was never the girl next door."

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Balmain produces this year's template for the high street

The final round of the autumn/winter collections was well under way at Paris Fashion Week yesterday, with shows from Balenciaga, Balmain, Rick Owens and Manish Arora. With many of the industry's most influential labels showing at the event, this is the place for the cream of the world's press and buyers to get a head start on the new season's trends.

Forget the Champs Elysees: Top hidden Parisian boutiques

There are few more enchanting experiences in life than shopping in Paris, particularly in the run up to Paris Fashion Week. So to help you make the most of your time in the fashion capital, we've teamed up with Air France to offer the inside scoop on the best back street boutiques and bijou haunts to visit whilst you're there.