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At the couture shows in Paris, unrest was in the air

Regime change was felt everywhere, even though the new order has yet to take shape

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(Above) Models presenting designs from the J Mendel Couture Fall Winter 2016 collection, Vetements Spring Summer 2017 collection, Valentino Couture Fall Winter 2016 collection and Dior Couture Fall Winter 2016 collection during the first week of July in Paris. There's been an unmistakable undercurrent of lost empire running through the collections - visible in the Elizabethan ruffs, the balloon sleeves, peplums and bustles, the Empire waists that abound.

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Models presenting designs from the J Mendel Couture Fall Winter 2016 collection, (above) Vetements Spring Summer 2017 collection, Valentino Couture Fall Winter 2016 collection and Dior Couture Fall Winter 2016 collection during the first week of July in Paris. There's been an unmistakable undercurrent of lost empire running through the collections - visible in the Elizabethan ruffs, the balloon sleeves, peplums and bustles, the Empire waists that abound.

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Models presenting designs from the J Mendel Couture Fall Winter 2016 collection, Vetements Spring Summer 2017 collection, (above) Valentino Couture Fall Winter 2016 collection and Dior Couture Fall Winter 2016 collection during the first week of July in Paris. There's been an unmistakable undercurrent of lost empire running through the collections - visible in the Elizabethan ruffs, the balloon sleeves, peplums and bustles, the Empire waists that abound.

BT_20160711_DIOR_2378039.jpg
Models presenting designs from the J Mendel Couture Fall Winter 2016 collection, Vetements Spring Summer 2017 collection, Valentino Couture Fall Winter 2016 collection and (above) Dior Couture Fall Winter 2016 collection during the first week of July in Paris. There's been an unmistakable undercurrent of lost empire running through the collections - visible in the Elizabethan ruffs, the balloon sleeves, peplums and bustles, the Empire waists that abound.

Paris

THERE they were, the petites mains, bent over their pattern tables, kneeling by a hemline, sewing, cutting, basting: 78 of the unheralded artisans of the Chanel couture, in person under the glass dome of the Grand Palais.

Karl Lagerfeld had recreated his ateliers, down to the

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