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Giambattista Valli Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012-2013 Italian designer Giambattista Valli was feted for his Haute Couture collections in Paris this year. Valli’s organic shapes featured butterflies and gilded leaves as elaborate accessories.
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A model parades a creation by Chinese fashion house Xuming Haute Couture collection during the bi-annual China Fashion Week in Beijing on November 1, 2012. Xuming played with traditional Chinese imagery at Beijing fashion week. Here a model sports a giant carved dragon’s head and a white powdered wig.
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A creation by Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen Spring/Summer 2012 Haute Couture (Paris) Twenty-eight-year-old Dutch designer van Herpen started her own label in 2007, and her dresses have been seen on Björk, Lady Gaga, and Daphne Guinness. All three avant-garde icons would look great in this elaborately carved wooden piece.
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A model displays a creation by a group of Kyrgyz designers ‘NAH‘ during a Fashion Week in Bishkek, on April 4 2012. Young brand NAH showed this exploding orange and white outfit on the catwalk in Kyrgyzstan.
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A model presents an outfit during the “Agatha Ruiz de la Prada” Spring-Summer 2013 collection show at Mercedes-Benz Madrid Fashion Week in Madrid on August 31, 2012. Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada continued her usual obesession with her heart motif during the Spring-Summer 2013 collections in Madrid this fall.
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A model presents a creation from the 2012 Autumn/Winter Collection of designer Fyodor Golan at London Fashion Week in London on February 17, 2012. Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman, the pair behind Fyodor Golan have also dressed Lady Gaga. In London this year, they turned this model bright green.
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A model presents a creation by Martinez Lierah during the 080 Barcelona fashion week on January 27, 2012 in Barcelona. Daniel Lierah and Arturo Martinez established a studio together in 2010. The Parisian pair were inspired by the “idea of a memory that is dissolving and its consequences in the human mind”.
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A model presents a creation by Peachoo Krejberg during the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 ready-to-wear collection show, on February 29, 2012 in Paris. Indian Peachoo Datwani and Dane Roy Krejberg created their brand together in 2004. This year they experimented with lavish architectural shapes in black and white.
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A model displays a creation by Russian designer Julia Nikolaeva during Fashion Week in Moscow, on March 24, 2012. Julia Nikolaeva took ‘covering up’ to an extreme with this all-in-one knit which combines a balaclava, sunglasses and a scarf.
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A model presents a creation by FH por Fause Haten during the 2013 Winter collections of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 29, 2012. At Sao Paulo fashion week, FH por Fause Haten sent models down the runway in these beautiful (but slightly bonkers) bejewelled sunglasses.
A model parades the creation by young Chinese designers on the final day of the bi-annual China Fashion Week in Beijing on April 1, 2012. Another Chinese designer produced this elaborate deconstructed knit.
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A model wears a jewelled head-piece by Lara Jensen as she walks on the catwalk during the Inbar Spector presentation at London Fashion Week in central London, on February 20, 2012. Something of a Renaissance woman, London designer Lara Jensen creates exotic pieces for advertising and film as well as her own costume design and millinery projects.
A model parades a creation by the Chinese fashion house She Guang Hu Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 collection during the bi-annual China Fashion Week in Beijing on March 27, 2012. Chinese-born, and a trained painter, She Guang Hu attended the Dutch Rietveld Fashion Academy and launched his label in the Netherlands six years ago. This bejewelled bondage look might not be high-street friendly, but it certainly catches the eye.