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Susie Bubble’s Couture AW13 Highlights

Our couture correspondent on her top ten otherworldly moments in Paris

TextSusie LauPhotographyLea Colombo

In the aftermath of the AW13 couture shows in Paris, our correspondent Susie Bubble reveals her highlights from the shows – from Karl Lagerfeld’s dilapidated theatre set at Chanel, to Naomi Campbell’s triumphant return to Versace’s catwalk. 

The final ensemble at Maison Martin Margiela Artisinal, where a beautifully ornate 1930s Chinese opera costume was fused with a wool coat.  Production time 118 hours. 

The final bride gown at Jean Paul Gaultier Couture, clearly inspired by David Bowie's Pierrot costume in the Ashes to Ashes video. The David Bowie exhibition has definitely had an effect on more than a few of the couture shows.


The final line-up at Chanel, where old meets new on the stage of Karl Lagerfeld's dilapidated theatre.

Iris Van Herpern's two-headed bird dress, which was an astonishing feat of out-of-this-world craftsmanship.

Interpretations of Dior's continent-themed couture by Willy Vanderperre, Terry Richardson, Paolo Roversi and Patrick Demarchelier segueing into each other as they moved around the show set.  Message is clear - haute couture can be global.  

Valentino decorating the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild as though it was their very own cabinet of curiosities. Also, the juxtaposition between the dark Exorcist/Profondo Rosso horror mash-up soundtrack and the beautifully regal gowns we were watching.  

Giorgio Armani Prive's 50 shades of nude. It was something of a surprising show because it was so delicate and beautiful.

Viktor & Rolf sitting cross-legged and meditating for what felt like an age at the beginning of their show. It's always nice to have a contemplative moment during the shows.  

Chanel's high jewellery line inspired by Coco Chanel's time in Venice and her superstitious obsession with the lion's head.