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Dior Haute Couture goes retro in Paris

Dior Haute Couture goes retro in Paris
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Fashion house Christian Dior went back to basics in Paris this week, presenting a deliberately paired-down Haute Couture collection.

The aim: to bring the focus back to craftmanship over flashy fashion.

Many of Dior's classic looks were revamped for the show - with shin-length full-skirts and a powdery pallette recalling Dior's signature 50s style.

Giambattista Valli went to the other extreme, presenting a collection rich with volume, texture and colour.

Valli says the show was inspired by avant-garde painter Francis Picabia and the free-spirited women in his life.

Only a handful of labels can call themselves 'Haute Couture' with major brands including

Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent absent from the club. To qualify, houses have to have a presence in Paris, employ at least 20 people and make hand-made collections for private clients.