The night of the living couture


NEW YORK - To judge by the talk emanating from Paris last week, the couture shows should be held in oxygen tents.

Pierre Berge, the longtime partner of Yves Saint Laurent, recently suggested that haute couture would die with Saint Laurent. Gianni Versace and Christian Lacroix, two proponents of a younger, sexier couture, objected strenuously in interviews.

Interestingly, a review of Saint Laurent's couture collection in The International Herald Tribune last week said the designer "has nothing new to say" and added: "Saint Laurent's collections are dead." Is there a doctor in the house?

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