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Mar 4, 2013

Stella McCartney pinstripes dominate Paris runway for winter

PARIS (Reuters) – British designer Stella McCartney opted for exaggerated volume at her fashion show in Paris on Monday, presenting contrasting pinstripes, voluminous coats and elongated skirts, as the brand hopes to expand its store base in Asia.

Interrupted by jolts of amethyst on a boucle coat and a body-covering silk dress, the mostly grey and black collection for Fall/Winter 2012/2013 imparted a structured, masculine feel in line with McCartney’s tomboy sensibility.

Mar 2, 2013

Gaultier variety show presents rocker runway chic in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Jean Paul Gaultier served up a fun, funky patchwork of outfits for his ready-to-wear fashion show in Paris on Saturday where a heavy emphasis on leather and rocker chic added to the anything goes Bohemian style.

Gaultier is a designer with many ideas in his head. His 2013/2014 autumn/winter season fashion show was no exception, where models sporting punky mullets evoked Ziggy Stardust with long, form-fitting jackets, gold lame leather pants or 1970s-era dresses.

Feb 19, 2013

France facing up to minimal economic growth this year

PARIS/ATHENS, Feb 19 (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande
acknowledged on Tuesday that France will miss its 0.8 percent
2013 growth target, hours after his foreign minister said the
growth rate could come in at less than half that level.

Laurent Fabius told RTL radio that French growth this year
would be no better than around 0.2 to 0.3 percent.

Feb 8, 2013

France plays down report of ransom paid for Niger hostages

PARIS (Reuters) – France brushed off an allegation by a U.S. ex-diplomat that it paid a $17 million ransom, in vain, for the release of four hostages abducted in 2010 from Niger, a charge that contradicts the government’s stated no-negotiation policy.

The U.S. ambassador to Mali from 2002 to 2005, Vicki Huddleston, told iTele in an interview broadcast on Friday that the ransom paid by France took a circuitous route before landing in the hands of al Qaeda’s north African unit AQIM.

Jan 30, 2013

French police arrest two in Toulouse killings probe

PARIS (Reuters) – French police arrested two people in the hunt for accomplices of an al Qaeda-inspired gunman who went on a killing spree last year, the Paris prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday.

The new arrests come as France’s military intervention in Mali has raised pressure on the government to weed out radicalised Islamists at home who could pose a threat to domestic security.

Jan 28, 2013

Small groups pose new terrorist threat: French judge

PARIS (Reuters) – France needs more robust local policing, better intelligence sharing and the ability to infiltrate small radical Islamist groups if it hopes to fight new security threats at home, France’s top anti-terrorism judge told Reuters.

Paris’ centralized intelligence system – which for nearly two decades helped protect France from a major terrorist attack until a radical Islamist killed seven people last year – is designed to target organized groups like al Qaeda but not the new breed of individuals posing a threat, Marc Trevidic said.

Jan 25, 2013

France is “enemy number 1″ for jihadists after Mali, judge says

PARIS (Reuters) – The rise of Islamist militants in Mali has been “a rallying cry” for potential jihadists in France, but an attack on French soil is unlikely in the short term, France’s top anti-terrorism judge said on Friday.

France launched air strikes and deployed thousands of ground troops in Mali this month to drive back al Qaeda-linked rebels it fears will turn its former colony into a launch pad to attack French political and economic interests.

Jan 25, 2013

France is “enemy number 1″ for jihadists after Mali: judge

PARIS (Reuters) – The rise of Islamist militants in Mali has been “a rallying cry” for potential jihadists in France, but an attack on French soil is unlikely in the short term, France’s top anti-terrorism judge said on Friday.

France launched air strikes and deployed thousands of ground troops in Mali this month to drive back al Qaeda-linked rebels it fears will turn its former colony into a launch pad to attack French political and economic interests.

Jan 23, 2013

Gaultier gives Paris fashion Gypsies, Valentino goes Renaissance

PARIS, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Jean Paul Gaultier chose swirling
translucent veils, the sound of sitars, and the insouciance of
Gypsy culture for his haute couture show on Tuesday, while
Valentino opted for an ethereal yet decorative look that evoked
the bloom of the Renaissance.

The Spring 2013 collections presented on Wednesday by the
two design houses, one French and one Italian, found inspiration
from different epochs and parts of the globe, pointing to the
diversity seen during Paris Fashion Week, the creme de la creme
of the global fashion industry.

Jan 23, 2013

Gaultier offers “couture Gypsies” for Paris fashion week

PARIS (Reuters) – Swirling translucent veils, the sound of sitars, and the care-free insouciance of Gypsy culture enveloped the Jean Paul Gaultier runway on Wednesday, as the French fashion designer turned eastward to India for inspiration.

The Gaultier label, which is majority owned by Spanish family luxury group Puig, is one of the fashion world’s top brands and the designer’s shows for the exclusive haute couture week provide key creative inspiration for a wider women’s luxury apparel market estimated to be worth $35 billion.

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      "Alexandria covers general news in the busy Paris bureau, focusing on politics, courts, crime and terrorism. When not covering political crises in the French government, criminal investigations, high-profile trials or visits by foreign diplomats, she can be found writing about fashion, culture and style at Paris Fashion Week or the Cannes Film Festival. Before Paris, Alexandria wrote about the business side of the apparel industry and e-commerce in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She has been with Reuters since 2004. Earlier assignments have included the Michael Jackson molestation trial, Louisiana's BP oil spill, marijuana legalization in California and polygamy in ..."
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