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It’s a Chanel world after all: with a huge globe sitting in the centre of the Grand Palais this morning spinning around with CC flags all over it was clear that we are on planet Chanel. There were high collars on tweed aviatior coats, fluffy pink and teal hats to match, biker boots dripping with chains. There was glossy patent boots riding high up the leg to meet a mini or pleated skirt with more beautiful coats in pink and black and either belted or cocoon-soft. Little Chanel bags were boxy and bright in pink and yellow and blue or were small globe shapes to continue the worldly theme. It was a sparkly collection, so why not add a shiny, glittery eye?

Luxury retailer Burberry is taking customer experience to the next level by personalising its made-to-order runway products with embedded technology that tells how the product is made. The Smart Personalisation service was launched to coincide with Burberry’s autumn/winter 2013 show at London Fashion Week. Custom made coats and bags from the collection can be personalised with a bespoke (touchscreen-enabled) nameplate that unlocks technology embedded in the items to unlock a unique video experience. This charts the item’s production including original sketches, runway edits, craftsmanship and personalisation. Having your own customised Burberry made to order for you complete with a bespoke nameplate – true luxury!

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11Looking at Oscar de la Renta’s fall 2013 runway you could guess that John Galliano was in the house. Oscar still ruled though with his use of colour, the amazing detail and overall femininity. Some pieces in the collection did seem more like vintage ODLR. The 80-year-old will mark his 50th year of designing clothes in New York in 2013. Nothing last season came close to the wow factor of the two grand silk faille ball gowns in shocking pink and mulberry with intricate gold bullion embroidery that closed the show.

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Olivier Theyskens’s Fall 2013 RTW collection for Theyskens’ Theory was all about volume. The designer worked a lot of space into a series of short trapeze and cocoon dresses with a mostly black, grey and white palette. The first look, a sharply tailored blazer and leather shorts combination set the silhouette for the show. It was power suiting for the modern woman.

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