Goodbyes and good buys: Paris Fashion Week highlights

PARIS         -       The womenswear autumn-winter season finally comes to a halt on Tuesday, having rumbled through New York, London and Milan before ending in the French capital. Here are some of the highlights from the final set of shows in Paris. The fashion crowd said adieu to two titans of 20th-century design. Vivienne Westwood’s widower Andreas Kronthaler presented something of a greatest hits collection, with new takes on her iconic pirate boots, corsets, petticoats and platform shoes.

“Maybe the most important thing you ever taught me was to put the woman on a pedestal,” he said in a poem accompanying the show, while Westwood’s granddaughter Cora Corre capped proceedings in an appropriately inappropriate wedding dress. For the farewell to eccentric Spaniard Paco Rabanne, who died last month at 88, it was the clanging, tinkling sound of gold and silver dresses -- a fitting memorial to the man behind the sci-fi “improbable dresses” of the 1960s. When the hype bubble grows too large and bursts in your face, it’s time for a reset

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