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All the best of the Parisian catwalks and a look behind the scenes at the big names in Haute Couture. Every Friday at 10.20 am Paris time.

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All the best of the Parisian catwalks and a look behind the scenes at the big names in Haute Couture. Every Friday at 10.20 am Paris time.

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Fashion

Latest release on Jan 17, 2020

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All the best of the Parisian catwalks and a look behind the scenes at the big names in Haute Couture. Every Friday at 10.20 am Paris time.

Rank #1: In the 21st century, fashion will be dystopian and sexy

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In the 21st century, designers no longer tell princess stories. Instead, they fall into dystopia. For his Winter 2019 Ready-to-wear collection, Manish Arora honours Mad Max, while Rick Owens reveals people of the desert; Tuomas Merikoski (Aalto) shows off a "modest" wardrobe, while Thom Browne pays tribute to Lady Troubridge, a feminist sculptor and lesbian. For Masha Ma and Vivienne Westwood, fashion today has the power to change our worldview. Isabel Marant proves it, in a rather sexy way!

Apr 05 2019

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Rank #2: Haute Couture, summer 2019: Down with uniforms!

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This summer, how about we leave our uniforms behind? Whether it’s floaty sun dresses, cotton shirts or denim cut-offs, we all tend to return time and time again to the same summer looks. It's time to shake things up. And while the price tags may be alarming, there's nothing wrong with finding some inspiration in the rarified world of haute couture. Whether the designs are "arty", as with Iris van Herpen, or worn with cowboy boots, like at Schiaparelli!

Mar 22 2019

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Rank #3: Paris goes green for summer 2020 Ready-to-Wear

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Fashion produced by France costs an average 600 euros per piece, and earns the sector around 5 billion euros annually. It also requires the equivalent of some 2,000 tonnes of fabric. The cost to the environment is also big. But fashion brands are realising the need to become more ‘green friendly’. This year Dior’s show will feature trees later to be replanted around Paris, while Koché will show at the Pompidou’s public library, a nod to one of her earliest inspirations, books.

Sep 27 2019

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Rank #4: To be desirable, fashion must be durable

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It’s no secret that fashion is an extremely polluting industry. For some, that’s been rather hard to admit - but the paradigm is shifting. These days, words like biodiversity and recycling are very much on trend. That’s as true for fashion industry events as it is for young up-and-coming designers. FRANCE 24 takes a closer look.

Oct 18 2019

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Rank #5: Casa 93: The alternative fashion school

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How do we reinvent fashion? Tackling the problem at its root means going back to the way it's taught: fashion schools are often elitist. So former journalist Nadine Gonzalez decided to create a French version of the school she established in the favelas of Rio to get people out of poverty. The idea: free tuition, with no qualifications required to get in. It's called Casa 93, a nod to the postcode in the Seine-Saint-Denis neighbourhood where the school is located. FRANCE 24 went to check it out.

Sep 13 2019

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Rank #6: Gang of Witches, the feminist sisterhood shaking up the system

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For years, many saw fashion and feminism as mutually exclusive. But today, that couldn't be further from the truth. Feminism as a political – and sartorial – statement is everywhere, embraced by both established and obscure labels. So who are those influencing the influencers here in France? We meet the activist group Gang of Witches, a collective of artists, writers and singers banging the drums of equality.

Jun 14 2019

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Rank #7: Haute Couture, winter 2019/2020: Digital innovation no substitute for couture workshops

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To celebrate its 10th anniversary, French fashion house Julien Fournié is unveiling its sponsors, Apple and Dassault Systems. But that's not to suggest for a moment that the digital world can supplant the extraordinary work of the couture workshops, producing unique piece after unique piece. Alexandre Vauthier takes a similar view. As for Jean Paul Gaultier, he's breaking with the past, and choosing to stay away from fur. But then again, the only constant with Gaultier is change.

Jul 19 2019

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Rank #8: Black Fashion Xperience: Celebrating black design in all its diversity

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Based between Senegal and France, Adama Ndiaye is an unrelenting champion of Africa on the world stage. Not only is she the founder of Dakar Fashion Week and the Federation of African Fashion, these days she's also the brains behind Black Fashion Xperience here in Paris. It's a joyous celebration of an impressive range of designers, among them Mimi Plange (Ghana), Sakia Lek (Republic of Congo) and Tokyo James (Nigeria). "This isn't about colour, it's about culture", she told FRANCE 24.

Oct 04 2019

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Rank #9: Fashion thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

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In fashion terms, Paris is haute couture, London is a byword for extravagance, and Milan and New York are where the business happens. So what about Berlin, 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall? The separation of East and West drew a wedge between friends and family, while reunification came with its own host of challenges. It’s a historical context that helped Berlin become a hotbed of countercultural expression. But three decades on from the fall of the Wall, is that still the case?

Nov 08 2019

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Rank #10: Young creative minds out in force at 11th Tunis Fashion Week

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Tunisia may still be seen as a producer of clothes rather than a designer, but that's slowly changing. For proof, look no further than the spectacular show put on by students at the Higher Institute of Fashion Trades of Monastir, or the collection for "real women" offered up by Ambre Aumoitte, a graduate of the Parisian fashion school Atelier Chardon Savard. Meanwhile, for Miriem Kebiri, in charge of leather goods at Atelier Lital, the real fight is still for equality between men and women.

Jul 12 2019

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Art, counterculture and science fiction inspire men's fashion for winter 2020

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Paris Fashion Week has surpassed its own personal best this season, with some 60 men's fashion shows over six days from a variety of international brands. On days one and two, three labels turned heads among the press: Belgian designer Walter Van Beirendonck and his rejection of political correctness; the French collective Etudes Studio, which drew inspiration from the films "Fantastic Planet" and "Terminator 2"; plus Israeli designer Hed Mayner, who delved into the Arte Povera movement for his looks.

Jan 17 2020

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Open Mode Festival: Young creative minds lay foundations for eco-responsible fashion

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They’re between 19 and 30 years old and are determined to do things differently. They don’t advertise in magazines, and don’t even sell their clothes in boutiques - although they might make an exception for a pop-up shop! An impressive crop of young fashion designers recently came together to exhibit their creations at the third edition of the Open Mode Festival, at Paris's Grande Halle de la Villette. So what do this new generation of designers want? Here's a clue: eco-responsible fashion is centre stage!

Jan 10 2020

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Six key fashion takeaways from 2019

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In the world of fashion, 2019 represented nothing less than a paradigm shift. With the global conversation increasingly aware of the perils of climate change and overconsumption, fashion has had to adapt. With the public consuming differently, designers have had to find new ways to stay relevant. Shifting sartorial codes is no longer an idea, but an obligation. That goes for everyone from Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel to the likes of Dior and Saint Laurent. FRANCE 24 takes a closer look.

Dec 20 2019

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Fashion influencer and Instagram star: The story of Steves Hounkponou

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The digital revolution and explosion of social media have given rise to an entirely new job in fashion: the influencer. Courted by brands, influencers are closer to "consultants" than journalists. Steves Hounkponou is one of the unique personalities in this dynamic new landscape, with more than 117,000 followers on Instagram. He tells us his unique story, from his childhood in Benin to his successful career in Paris.

Dec 13 2019

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Fashion's silent titans: The secret lives of press officers

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They're key actors in the world of fashion – but rarely seen or heard. It’s the job of press officers to come up with innovative communications strategies to get the media to relay their brand's messaging. And then there's the small matter of getting customers to believe the brand is worth those hefty price tags. It’s complicated work that requires diplomacy, a way with words and audacity. FRANCE 24 finds out more.

Nov 29 2019

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Men's fashion: Are traditional catwalk shows still relevant?

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Men have been taking to the catwalk for 50 years for fashion weeks in London, New York, Milan, and of course Paris. But buyers and fashion journalists alike have short attention spans. How to stay exciting year after year? Are traditional fashion shows always the answer? Simon Jacquemus prefers picnicking with his guests to organising a show, Olivier Rousteing mixes men and women for Balmain, while Thom Browne wraps decor and models in bubble wrap.

Nov 15 2019

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Fashion thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

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In fashion terms, Paris is haute couture, London is a byword for extravagance, and Milan and New York are where the business happens. So what about Berlin, 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall? The separation of East and West drew a wedge between friends and family, while reunification came with its own host of challenges. It’s a historical context that helped Berlin become a hotbed of countercultural expression. But three decades on from the fall of the Wall, is that still the case?

Nov 08 2019

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To be desirable, fashion must be durable

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It’s no secret that fashion is an extremely polluting industry. For some, that’s been rather hard to admit - but the paradigm is shifting. These days, words like biodiversity and recycling are very much on trend. That’s as true for fashion industry events as it is for young up-and-coming designers. FRANCE 24 takes a closer look.

Oct 18 2019

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Black Fashion Xperience: Celebrating black design in all its diversity

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Read more
Based between Senegal and France, Adama Ndiaye is an unrelenting champion of Africa on the world stage. Not only is she the founder of Dakar Fashion Week and the Federation of African Fashion, these days she's also the brains behind Black Fashion Xperience here in Paris. It's a joyous celebration of an impressive range of designers, among them Mimi Plange (Ghana), Sakia Lek (Republic of Congo) and Tokyo James (Nigeria). "This isn't about colour, it's about culture", she told FRANCE 24.

Oct 04 2019

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Paris goes green for summer 2020 Ready-to-Wear

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Read more
Fashion produced by France costs an average 600 euros per piece, and earns the sector around 5 billion euros annually. It also requires the equivalent of some 2,000 tonnes of fabric. The cost to the environment is also big. But fashion brands are realising the need to become more ‘green friendly’. This year Dior’s show will feature trees later to be replanted around Paris, while Koché will show at the Pompidou’s public library, a nod to one of her earliest inspirations, books.

Sep 27 2019

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Casa 93: The alternative fashion school

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Read more
How do we reinvent fashion? Tackling the problem at its root means going back to the way it's taught: fashion schools are often elitist. So former journalist Nadine Gonzalez decided to create a French version of the school she established in the favelas of Rio to get people out of poverty. The idea: free tuition, with no qualifications required to get in. It's called Casa 93, a nod to the postcode in the Seine-Saint-Denis neighbourhood where the school is located. FRANCE 24 went to check it out.

Sep 13 2019

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Fashion and our planet: The 'deconsumerism' trend

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To mark 30 years of France's Maison Mode Mediterranée, fashion designers and industry partners are looking ahead to the future of the sector. But before they consider replacing humans by artificial intelligence, up-and-coming brands have to get to grips with the daily challenges of running a label. The French company Atelier Bartavelle is a champion when it comes to sustainability, reviving local crafts from Mediterranean countries and providing a good example for other brands to follow.

Sep 06 2019

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Haute Couture, winter 2019/2020: Digital innovation no substitute for couture workshops

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To celebrate its 10th anniversary, French fashion house Julien Fournié is unveiling its sponsors, Apple and Dassault Systems. But that's not to suggest for a moment that the digital world can supplant the extraordinary work of the couture workshops, producing unique piece after unique piece. Alexandre Vauthier takes a similar view. As for Jean Paul Gaultier, he's breaking with the past, and choosing to stay away from fur. But then again, the only constant with Gaultier is change.

Jul 19 2019

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Young creative minds out in force at 11th Tunis Fashion Week

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Read more
Tunisia may still be seen as a producer of clothes rather than a designer, but that's slowly changing. For proof, look no further than the spectacular show put on by students at the Higher Institute of Fashion Trades of Monastir, or the collection for "real women" offered up by Ambre Aumoitte, a graduate of the Parisian fashion school Atelier Chardon Savard. Meanwhile, for Miriem Kebiri, in charge of leather goods at Atelier Lital, the real fight is still for equality between men and women.

Jul 12 2019

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Paris Haute Couture: Artistic projects take centre stage for winter 2019/2020

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Haute Couture isn't only about extravagance – sometimes it's also about a quest for meaning. At Dior, Maria-Grazia Chiuri takes inspiration from Austrian-American architect Bernard Rudofsky. Meanwhile, Clara Daguin, a young designer invited to participate in the official Haute Couture selection, offers up an interactive, digital vision of luxury. And fashion historian Olivier Saillard reveals the latest instalment of his Moda Povera project with a show comprised exclusively of men's shirts.

Jul 05 2019

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Men's fashion, summer 2020: Designers angry at climate change

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Fashion is the world's second most polluting industry. Revealing their latest summer 2020 menswear collections in Paris, designers are part of the problem. But some are also ready to be part of the solution. Among them is Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto, who tells people to "be angry". We also check out eco-conscious collections made from organic or upcycled materials, as well as one fashion show in a sea of carnations and another at Paris's Place des Vosges.

Jun 28 2019

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Gang of Witches, the feminist sisterhood shaking up the system

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For years, many saw fashion and feminism as mutually exclusive. But today, that couldn't be further from the truth. Feminism as a political – and sartorial – statement is everywhere, embraced by both established and obscure labels. So who are those influencing the influencers here in France? We meet the activist group Gang of Witches, a collective of artists, writers and singers banging the drums of equality.

Jun 14 2019

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Backstage at the Paradis Latin cabaret in Paris with Iris Mittenaere

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At the Paris cabaret hall Paradis Latin, choreographer Kamel Ouali is working with Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere. The ambitious revue they're perfecting tells the story of a waiter whose dream of taking to the stage comes true. The dazzling costumes are by Parisian haute couture label On Aura Tout Vu. With rehearsals well underway, we take you backstage for a glimpse of breathtaking artistry and sartorial excess.

May 31 2019

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Lomé, the new African fashion capital

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When it comes to fashion, a wave of change is washing over the African continent. Young Togolese designer Jacques Logoh has been running Lomé’s International Fashion Festival (FIMO) for six years now. He's aiming to establish a yearly meet-up for African designers. This pan-African approach to the fashion industry is seen as an economic strength and a force for social cohesion. We take a closer look.

May 17 2019

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Dior's Cruise 2020, a truly African collection

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Over the years, designers have been borrowing or stealing from African cultural heritage, depending on how you see it. But times are changing! For her Cruise 2020 collection for Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri has come up with a truly African concept. Working hand in hand with Ivorian designer Pathé'O and with women from Morocco's Atlas mountains, she has launched new wax print fabrics which are manufactured in Abidjan. The collection blends curiosity with empathy. FRANCE 24 takes a look.

May 10 2019

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