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Melania Trump’s fashion style true to her Europe roots

PARIS—Slovenian-born Melania Trump has been unafraid to go against her husband’s “America First” agenda and stay true to her roots, if there’s a message to be taken from her bold, foreign-flavoured wardrobe in 2017. In her first year as first lady, Mrs. Trump has often wrapped herself in the clothes of her home continent as …

France wrestles with the line between seduction, harassment

PARIS — France is in a bind over where seduction ends and sexual harassment begins. Since the allegations of rape and sexual harassment emerged against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, the country synonymous with love has been stumbling as it addresses the issue of sexual harassment and violence against women. Some have wondered if France …

Chanel’s Lagerfeld goes chasing waterfalls at Paris show

PARIS— Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has outdone himself at Paris Fashion Week, creating a lush indoor canyon complete with six spectacular waterfalls all for a 20-minute Chanel catwalk show. Guests including actress Monica Bellucci and movie director Baz Luhrmann breathed in the fresh, moist air from their seats at Tuesday’s show. Elsewhere, Moncler and Miu Miu also showcased their …

Amazonian colour, dramatic silhouettes hit the Paris runways

PARIS — Amazonian colour and exaggerated silhouettes reigned at Paris Fashion Week shows, as actresses Abbie Cornish and Emily Robinson joined it-girl Olivia Palermo on the coveted front row seats. Here are the highlights of the spring-summer 2018 ready-to-wear collections on Saturday. ELIE SAAB’S AMAZON FEVER Elie Saab always adds a little bite to his …

Top actresses marvel at Givenchy’s new chapter in Paris

PARIS — Some of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses flew into Paris for a glimpse of the new chapter of the storied fashion house of Givenchy. The debut show by designer Clare Waight Keller, one of the hottest tickets at Paris Fashion Week this season, drew Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Julianne Moore. All marveled at its seductive …

Jean Reno talks seduction at Lanvin designer’s Paris debut

PARIS — It was debuts and fresh faces at Paris Fashion Week Wednesday as Lanvin’s new designer unveiled his first collection and Lacoste returned to the French capital. Here are the highlights of the 2018 spring-summer ready-to-wear shows. LANVIN’S PLAY-IT-SAFE DEBUT The son of famed French designer Ted Lapidus, Olivier Lapidus had a lot to prove for …

Greek drama: Chanel recreates Parthenon for Paris show

PARIS — Karl Lagerfeld climbed Mount Olympus for inspiration in creating Chanel’s latest resort collection, presenting a spectacular Grecian-themed show to a celebrity audience in Paris on Wednesday. While Gucci will go to Florence, Louis Vuitton to Kyoto, and Dior to Los Angeles to show off their cruise fashions— Lagerfeld chose to host the normally …

Security tight as France prepares for presidential vote

PARIS—Early voting began overseas Saturday in France’s most nail-biting election in generations, and the 11 candidates seeking to become the country’s next president silenced their campaigns as required to give voters a period of reflection. Opinion polls pointed to a tight race among the four top contenders vying to get into the May 7 presidential …

YSL ad triggers sexism outcry as Chanel rockets to space

PARIS — Chanel rocketed into space Tuesday at Paris Fashion Week in an interstellar-themed show spectacular that saw designer Karl Lagerfeld reach for the stars — and a star-filled front row. Singer-turned-fashion designer Rihanna stunned crowds in a standout citrus lime coat at her Fenty X Puma collection that channeled school-girl-gone-bad. And Paris saw protest …

Rihanna goes back to school for Paris Fashion Week

PARIS — Rihanna stunned Paris crowds as she appeared for the finale of her Fenty X Puma collection in a standout citrus lime coat. The theme this season for the singer-turned-                fashion designer was Fenty University — and ushered styles of school-girl-gone-bad. Here are the highlights: RIHANNA GOES BACK TO SCHOOL Moving on from her …