Couture starts this Sunday, in Paris. A few lucky editors will transition through from men's fashion week, the rest are heading to Paris now. Aside from the shows themselves - Dior, Armani, Givenchy, and Chanel will carry on with a very gaping Lacroix-shaped hole - Paris is gearing up to host both the fashionable elite and the richest of the rich. Natalia Vodianova's staging a runway show at the Ritz for her Etam lingerie, Rihanna and Charlotte Gainsbourg will perform. Meanwhile, Anne Valerie Hash has whipped up an exhibition to accompany her SS10 couture collection. She's asked a few legends including Gaultier, Charlotte Rampling and Daphne Guinness to donate particularly special pieces of clothing and she's re-worked them for what Hash calls, "a new take on couture."
Meanwhile, H√¥tel Pozzo di Borgo's hosting a collection of twenty-two black dresses Swarovski commissioned from designers ranging from Phillip Lim to Marios Schwab and Vivienne Westwood to Missoni. If you have to skip this one, don't worry, the exhibition's migrating to New York's Phillips de Pury next fall. More on the actual couture next week.