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Hot trends emerge at Paris Fashion Week

March 9, 2004
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The Paris collections set the scene for what fashionable females will be wearing next autumn, with earthy hues joining jewel tones as one of the season's hottest trends. Another standout look among the creations in Paris takes a page from Marlene Dietrich, with androgynous suits seen in collections by everyone from Chanel to Valentino.

However, a Valentino show just wouldn't be the same without some drop-dead gorgeous evening gowns, and the label did not disappoint with a series of glamorous red carpet-ready dresses. And Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, of course, showed off some of his trademark tweed skirt suits, which are also a sought-after look for spring.

Stella McCartney was inspired by the "well-travelled woman who fled her glamorous city life to join her rogue boyfriend on an escapade" for her collection, which included such pieces as a Forties-style dress worn under a masculine-tailored jacket. Christian Lacroix served up eclectic bohemian, and Dior went with a Las Vegas-meets-old Hollywood theme. But Alexander McQueen bucked the mix-and-match trend, sending pared-down draped ensembles down the catwalk in varying shades of beige and chocolate.

There were some final bows for some of fashion's hottest designers, including Julien Macdonald and Tom Ford. Macdonald's last collection for Givenchy was characteristically chic, with a number of outfits which seemed perfectly styled for the label's original muse, Audrey Hepburn. And Ford bid farewell to Yves Saint Laurent with an elegant Far East-themed collection, inspired by the 1970's debut of the house's fragrance, Opium.

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Valentino sent several of his now classic evening gowns down the catwalkPhoto: © AFPy
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Karl Lagerfeld went with androgynous suits at Chanel

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