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Gaultier and Ungaro bring blaze of colour to Paris

January 21, 2004
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Jean Paul Gaultier has taken inspiration from Japan's samurai warriors for his latest collection which showed this week in Paris. Copying the ancient technique of binding together strips of metal with brightly coloured cords, the Frenchman presented a characteristically flamboyant new line.

His creations impressed with both their painstaking craftsmanship and eye-popping final results. One model couldn't help smiling as she paraded down the runway in a trench coat made from translucent python skin.

Carefully structured bodices, flaring over the hips in rainbow hues and metallic detailing drew applause from the audience at the Palais de la Porte Doree.

Also sending bright colours and striking ensembles down the runway was fashion world veteran Emanuel Ungaro. Presenting his 47th collection, the designer unveiled a sensual and seductive line of micro-minis and kimono style jackets, with a decidedly 1920s flavour. Czech supermodel Karolina Kurkova made a memorable impression as she sashayed down the runway in a see-through black dress embroidered with large pink blooms.

Pop starlet Christina Aguilera was also grabbing attention, albeit from her front-row seat in the audience at Ungaro's Paris headquarters. The renowned Frenchman seemed proud to use his chic Avenue Montaigne offices for the event. "The time has come to see haute couture back in the places where it established its roots and nobility," he says.

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Ungaro's latest collection was characterised by striking, youthful colours and sensual exhuberancePhoto: © PAy
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The Frenchman's designs drew inspiration from both the Far East and AfricaPhoto: © AFP

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