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Celine Dion and Gwyneth Paltrow added star power to the finale of Paris couture week by gracing the verdant Valentino collection. Meanwhile, Jean Paul Gaultier followed through on his pledge to go fur free, as Elie Saab reached a creative high with inspiration from China. Luscious green trees that were installed inside the Valentino venue scraped the ceiling, wafted in fresh air and provided some shade for celebrities Paltrow, Dion, Naomi Campbell and Kristin Scott Thomas as the Paris sun scorched guests.An oversize Russian winter fur hat, or chapka, looked initially like the genuine article and shimmered alongside a red "fox" bubble jacket. They were, so said the program notes, all constructed in marabou feathers.GAULTIER HAS HUMOROUS PROGRAM NOTESCiotti, a 36-year-old screen and stage writer who co-wrote the Gaultier "Fashion Freak Show" musical, says he has been penning the couture notes for several years after first meeting the humor-loving designer during a television show a decade ago.Amid mysterious clouds of Persian blue mist, Elie Saab fashioned up a standout couture collection Wednesday using the symbolism of China.There was some sophisticated and thoughtful fashion designs amid the show production -- for instance, the famed Chinese traditional dress, the Cheongsam, was reimagined in a light tuxedo-style with a provocatively open bust.
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