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'Calm' Kardashian joins Emma Watson at Valentino

Thursday - 7/10/2014, 12:04pm  ET

A model wears a creation for Maison Martin Margiela's Fall-Winter 2014-2015 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
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AP Fashion Writer

PARIS (AP) -- She says her life is a lot calmer since she married fashionista-rapper Kanye West. And she prefers to stay at home with her baby.

But calm did not prevail Wednesday when Kim Kardashian, in a whistle-stop 24-hour visit to Paris, faced the incandescent lights of Valentino's couture show in a plunging ice blue gown that caused photographers to trip over themselves.

Away from the limelight, Emma Watson, demure in a black lace gown, quietly slipped in at the last minute.

Meanwhile, "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann attended Jean Paul Gaultier's gender-bending display and spoke out about gay politics.

Here are the highlights of the last full day of Paris' haute couture fall-winter 2014-15 collections, including show reports from Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier and Elie Saab.


It's been a roller-coaster of a year for reality star Kardashian, with the birth of her baby last summer and her highly-publicized Florentine wedding with West.

So little wonder that the 33-year-old feels her life has got more serene since she tied the knot.

"Laughter is such a good medicine. It's definitely got calmer since I married. I love my life with my husband and my baby," she told The Associated Press.

Kardashian looked radiant in a revealing silk Valentino floor length gown as she arrived arm-in-arm with house founder Valentino Garavani.

"Absolutely, calm on the inside can make you glow on the outside. I also get a lot of sleep. But I'm a happy person and in such a good place," she said.


Valentino climbed Mount Olympus for inspiration for his new season, bringing back the flowing, draped silks and flat crisscross sandals of the ancient Greek gods.

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli produced a strong 61-piece collection in which they showed off the natural beauty of crepe silk, sheer tulle and marbled wool in draped or column silhouettes.

Often creations were cinched under the bust thanks to leather bandings in red, white and black, giving the models the illusion of goddess-like leg length.

Elsewhere, details normally seen on Greco-Roman vases, like flowers or olive leaves, were printed on garments.

But the show hit its highest point when the designers let the sumptuous couture-standard fabrics do the talking -- with devastating simplicity.

One draped pale blue gown with gentle ripples could have been worn by goddess Hera, and, deceptively, it looked like it had been cut from a single piece of cloth.


There was more than a hint of Angelina Jolie's latest Disney villain in the air at Jean Paul Gaultier's bewitched show.

Fifty dark couture creations such as black fur coats, black paneled leather pencil skirts, circular crinoline skirts, exaggeratedly high fringes, and sleeves in black "mille feuille" organza couture slinked along the silken catwalk.

The piece de resistance? A look that Gaultier called "Maleficent." A model with an exaggeratedly long jaw-line, black bustier with mink bands and dark crepe pants held out a mirror in which she stared, pouted and cackled.

It had the audience hypnotized.

As is now common with the aging enfant terrible, many convergent silhouettes were thrown into the couture cauldron -- including draped hoods, men's tuxedos and even silver silk sweat pants.

But the dark theme, and the layers of stiff organza that stood off the body and were delicately hand-cut in the atelier, gave this collection an unusual cohesion.


Baz Luhrmann, the director who brought drag-queens and gender-benders to the screen with gusto in films such as "Romeo & Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge," spoke out about gay rights at Gaultier's show.

The catwalk models included Conchita Wurst, the bearded drag queen who won this year's Eurovision song contest.

"Gaultier was always about transgender sexuality, about high and low," he said. Referring to Wurst, he added: "So for him to be having his show crowned by the grand dame of drag queen or transsexual expression is appropriate."

Luhrmann said there has been a backlash against gay rights around the world, especially in France and several US states, partly triggered by the legalization of gay marriage. But the 51-year-old said that this shows gay rights are advancing.

"What you see is a sort of reaction against how successful it's been," he said.


Haute couture is expensive to make, and for decades it has been known to eat up more money than it reaps for Parisian fashion houses. It's traditionally been used as a kind of advertisement, to raise the house profile and attract customers to the lucrative lines such as perfume and ready-to-wear.

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