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Galliano gave his latest designs for Dior a touch of Hollywood high glamour
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His brilliantly-hued numbers made a change from the more sombre autumn/winter palettes which have dominated the catwalks to date
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Jean Paul Gaultier was also adding colour with his super-bright, over-size plaids
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Dior brings glorious technicolour glamour to the Paris catwalks

28 FEBRUARY 2007

The collections currently being debuted in Paris may be ready-to-wear, but there was more than a dash of couture to John Galliano's autumn/winter creations. The Christian Dior designer also brought a sea of hot hues to the runways, which have been dominated to date by a sombre palette.

With its richly embellished split-to-the-thigh evening dresses and layer upon layer of organza frills his show reflected the legendary glamour of the screen stars of yesteryear. And, in choosing to show his creations off against elaborate flower displays and grand, Dior grey balustrade staircase, the Gibraltar-born maestro reinforced his ultra-feminine and romantic Hollywood vision.

Also in multi-colour mode was Jean Paul Gaultier, who presented a plaid-heavy collection inspired by the Scottish Highlands. Getting into the Celtic spirit of things, the first model to hit the runway, rising star Coco Rochas, performed a jig in her red jacket and tartan kilt - to the delight of the fashion set.

Bright over-sized plaids and prints were a key feature at Vivienne Westwood, too. The British queen of cool dazzled with signature corsets, dramatic eveningwear - including a glorious golden ballgown - and the bigger shoulders which have emerged as a key autumn/winter trend.

Over at the Comme des Garcons runway, meanwhile, brights were exchanged for sugared-almond pastel shades of mauve and baby pink. Head designer Rei Kawakubo kept the label's collection playful and childlike - even kiting out his models with fun Minnie Mouse ears.

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