Princess meets pauper as Paris fashion glams it up

Fri Mar 5, 2010 5:46pm EST
 
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By Sophie Hardach

PARIS (Reuters) - If green is the color of hope, John Galliano's latest collection for Dior perfectly captured the mood at Paris fashion week Friday as designers and fans dared to show optimism.

From Dior, where soft dresses in greens and pinks were spiced up with riding jackets and flirty stockings, to Vivienne Westwood, who matched princess gowns with paupers' rags, fashionistas acknowledged the tough times while allowing themselves to have some fun.

Bags, huge hats and thigh-high boots on the catwalk kept executives happy as accessories continue to be the bestsellers of the fashion world.

"It was gorgeous, very daring and beautiful," France's stylish economy minister, Christine Lagarde, told Reuters after the Dior show, lifting her thumbs and shouting: "Up!" when asked what this meant for French exports.

Her presence was a sign of the changing mood. Last year, French politicians avoided the shows, wary of sipping champagne with the elite while voters were struggling with the economic crisis.

This year, the bubbly was back, and so was the elite, although some front-row seats were empty.

Hollywood wild child Lindsay Lohan, who will show her second collection for fashion house Ungaro next week after a widely panned debut, failed to turn up for her special appearance at Dior. She was seen hurrying toward the Dior tent in the sun-dappled Tuileries gardens just as the last models were wiping off their make-up, more than an hour after the show.

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<p>A model presents a creation by British designer John Galliano as part of his Fall/Winter 2010/11 women's ready-to-wear fashion show for French fashion house Dior during Paris Fashion Week on March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier</p>