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Last Friday, we were assured that the business of haute couture would not be harmed despite talk of a pressured financial climate. "Couture is in quite good health for the moment," Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel's president of fashion, told WWD. With that being said, the bi-annual haute couture season kicks off today in Paris, beginning with Anne Valérie Hash. As one of the few women designers actually designing for women, Hash's S/S '08 couture collection featured romantic silhouettes via delicate sculpting, particularly on the shoulders, in sheer fabrics.

Stay tuned for more from the couture catwalks at Paris!

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