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    The East India Company was first founded in 1600 under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. By 1800 it controlled half of the British Empire’s trade and employed one third of the workforce of England. During Queen Victoria’s reign the company was dissolved and all power passed to the Crown. Fast forward to 2005 and business man Sanjiv Mehta bought the company relaunching it in 2010 with a focus on fine foods. This year The East India Company adds fashion to it’s roster, debuting an exquisite collection in Paris. Aimed at a red carpet customer these beautiful hand beaded gowns showcase the beauty of Indian embroidery.

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    The giant church organ centre stage was a clue that the religious theme seen in the SS13 menswear collection would continue to be a key theme for designer Riccardo Tisci in this womenswear outing too. The show notes referenced nuns and the 1960’s couture heritage of the Givenchy label. There were similarities to the recent Gucci show in Milan with the cascading ruffle sleeves and exposed backs but Tisci’s colour choice was more delicate, using a soft baby blue as his accent shade amongst black and white. 

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    The classic Hermes scarf was presented as shirts, T-shirts with shoulder vents, shorts and trousers for SS13.

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    Kenzo SS13

    Jungle prints, utility, camouflage leopard, tiger motif. Another hit for Carol Lim and Humberto Leon.

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    Vivienne Westwood SS13, big ticks for all the regular Westwood themes is this collection including the signature pirate boots, shown in the grand surroundings of the British ambassador’s residence in Paris. Georgia May Jagger, the face of the new Westwood “Gainsborough Palladium Jewellery Collection”  sat front row in a sparkling tiara.

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    Saturday morning at 9.30am is never to early for a burst of Junya Watanabe acid bright sportswear topped off with glitter ball helmets and metal hair, only at Paris fashion week.

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    Raf Simons debut ready-to-wear collection for Dior felt modern, introducing the “mini Silhouette” and the “Dress-jacket”.

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