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Alexander McQueen's show, which was in honour of his late friend, fashion stylist Isabella Blow, offered a flurry of feather-themed fashion in every hue imaginable
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Colour was the dominant theme at Paris fashion week, expressed on the Kenzo runway through an exotic rainforest motif
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The vibrant hues of India illuminated Jean Paul Gaultier 's spring/summer collection
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Paris fashion week comes to a close in a blaze of rainbow hues

8 OCTOBER 2007

From Alexander McQueen's rainbow-style plumes to Antonio Marras' exotic Amazonian jungle motif, the Paris catwalks couldn't have provided a more colourful and bold finale to the pręt-a-porter season.

The startling display of feathered dresses in rainbow shades at British designer's McQueen's extravaganza conjured up birds of paradise, while his chiffon frocks ran the gamut of colours from orange through to fuchsia and turquoise – confirming colour as the unifying theme for next spring/summer.

On the Kenzo catwalk the fantastical flora-and-fauna-inspired collection offered lush hues in beautiful hibiscus- and orchid-print maxi-dresses. While the Kenzo collection reflected the colours of the rainforest, Jean Paul Gaultier had gleaned his inspiration for Hermes from India. Top model Lily Donaldson sashayed down the runway in a luxurious canary yellow sari topped with a matching leather turban, while her catwalk colleagues donned vibrant purples, oranges and blues which conjured visions of an Asian market-stall.

Bold jewel colours played a key part at Lebanese designer Elie Saab's show, too, appearing on long, floaty numbers ans short, full-skirted 1950s dresses. Bias-cut silk, satin and chiffon gowns in ruby-red, sapphire and emerald looked destined to turn up at a movie premiere and will no doubt find their way into the wardrobes of Elie’s top clients such as Halle Berry and Diane Kruger.

Also adding to the melting pot of colours due to lift next year's look were John Galliano, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton.

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