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Fall 2009 Couture Bits: Christian Lacroix Paid Models 50 Euros, Cathy Horyn Warns Valentino Might Give Wearers "A Rash"

Fall 2009 Couture Bits: Christian Lacroix Paid Models 50 Euros, Cathy Horyn Warns Valentino Might Give Wearers "A Rash"

  • Models fees are required in France, so Christian Lacroix chipped in to pay his 10 models 50 euros apiece. Normal couture fees are said to be around 1300 euros per show for new faces — every year of experience earns a "raise" of about 1000 more euros. [Imaginary Socialite]

  • Jean Paul Gaultier had a 12-lb dress, Chanel had three seamstresses working on the bride look, and Maison Martin Margiela used 2,000 pen caps for a jacket: it's Fall 2009 couture by the numbers. [The Cut]

  • Cathy Horyn yearns for Alessandra Facchinett's Valentino; Of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli's couture, she says: "Frankly I’d be worried about getting too close to one of those prickly, encrusted numbers. You might get a rash." [On the Runway]
  • Couture clients, a video of Chanel couture in the making »
  • Canadian couture clients Sylvia Mantella and Stacey Kimel — the latter who Tommy Ton snapped in Marchesa at the shows — reveal that it takes at least three fittings to have a piece made and costume jewelry that appears on a dress on a runway can be remade with genuine precious stones [Independent UK]

  • Watch a video of the Chanel Couture seamstresses making one of the Fall 2009 dresses — including attaching some of the 450,000 sequins used in the collection by hand. [The Cut]
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