Dior chief optimistic for couture future as Paris shows begin
PARIS (AFP) - Christian Dior chief Sidney Toledano on Monday told AFP the house was winning new couture customers and that China was the "big market of tomorrow", as womenswear artistic director Raf Simons kicked off four days of shows in Paris.
Lee Radziwill, sister of the late Jackie Kennedy, and Princess Charlene of Monaco were among those who turned out for Simons' second couture show since replacing the disgraced John Galliano last year.
Bernadette Chirac, wife of former French president Jacques Chirac, and Valerie Trierweiler, President Francois Hollande's partner, were also in the front row.
With sleet falling outside, there were nervous scenes in the Place de la Concorde as fashionistas slipped on ice in five-inch-high turquoise stilettos.