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Art mixes with the aquatic for Paris Couture Week

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/3/2017 By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press
A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

PARIS (AP) — Art, color and aquatic musing defined Monday's energetic installment of Paris Couture week — with fashion insiders dashing from fall-winter collections to celebrity-filled soirees.

A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Here are some of the highlights.

Canadian singer Celine Dion poses during a photocall before Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection, Monday, July 3, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Canadian singer Celine Dion poses during a photocall before Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection, Monday, July 3, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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Model Karlie Kloss poses during a photocall before Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection, Monday, July 3, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Model Karlie Kloss poses during a photocall before Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection, Monday, July 3, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

SCHIAPARELLI'S LOVE OF ART TURNS DIAPHANOUS

Model Karlie Kloss poses during a photocall before Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection, Monday, July 3, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Model Karlie Kloss poses during a photocall before Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection, Monday, July 3, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Elsa Schiaparelli has famously blurred the lines between fashion and art.

Canadian singer Celine Dion poses during a photocall before Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection, Monday, July 3, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Canadian singer Celine Dion poses during a photocall before Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection, Monday, July 3, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Designer Bertrand Guyon took the iconic Parisian couturier's passion for painting Monday to produce a diaphanous collection of couture gowns that fluttered by guests at Paris' Place Vendome.

Model Karlie Kloss poses during a photocall before Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection, Monday, July 3, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Model Karlie Kloss poses during a photocall before Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection, Monday, July 3, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

With hints of the 1930s draping styles and high necks that defined the late Schiaparelli's heyday, Guyon placed allusions to Cubism and Surrealism at the heart of the show.

A musician plays violin inside an aquarium during the Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A musician plays violin inside an aquarium during the Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

A flame red heart made of silk ruffles adored the waist of a voluminous, layered black tulle bustier gown. A white tuxedo jacket sported an embroidery of a sparkling eye and motifs of moons at different stages of shadow sparkled on a bodice. A dragonfly belt clasp gave a silk bustier dress in ochre a magical quality.

A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

It wasn't just nostalgia, though in the 36-gown collection. Guyon added some stylish contemporary twists.

Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen, left, acknowledges audience applause with models after her Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen, left, acknowledges audience applause with models after her Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

The front lapel of a square monochrome jacket was cut to evoke Cubism — the side of a guitar, alongside a panel featuring a musical score. The look then frothed out thanks to a sheer tulle skirt, and knee-high leather boots gave it a street-wise kick.

A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

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A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

IRIS VAN HERPEN HITS 10 YEARS, GOES AQUATIC

A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Celebrating ten years at the helm of her fashion house, lauded conceptual couture designer Iris Van Herpen took a watery trip down memory lane for her mesmerizing, aquatic couture spectacle.

A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

The near-illusionist backdrop had guests reaching for their cameras.

A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Van Herpen has a penchant for the dramatic and Monday's show did not disappoint: Musicians were encased inside a water-filled tank with instruments to accompany the collection.

A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

The water theme dripped out into the surreal, brooding couture creations that revisited the Dutch wunderkind's signature fusion of organic forms with technology and mechanics. White gowns, constructed of tendrils or fibers, provoked myriad interpretations — evoking simultaneously the lines of a sound wave, the rippling sea or the gills of a fish.

A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

The silhouettes were varied but infused with large Asian-style sleeves and exaggerated proportions.

A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Motifs on a floor-length Asian-style gown resembled fossils buried at the bottom of the sea, while a curved front panel of a skirt jutted out three-dimensionally like the silvery, metallic fins of a fish.

A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

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A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

CARLA BRUNI SIGNS AT AMFAR DINNER

A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Iris Van Herpen's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Popstar and former French First Lady Carla Bruni serenaded VIP guests at AmfAR's fundraising dinner and auction at Paris' Petit Palais to raise money for the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

EDS NOTE NUDITY - A model displays a creation for Schiaparelli's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection in Paris, France, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © The Associated Press EDS NOTE NUDITY - A model displays a creation for Schiaparelli's Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection in Paris, France, Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Bruni sang her new song "Enjoy the Silence," as well as a soulful rendition of The Rolling Stones' "Miss You," before the energetic auction began Sunday night.

Canadian singer Celine Dion poses during a photocall before Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection, Monday, July 3, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Canadian singer Celine Dion poses during a photocall before Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2017/2018 fashion collection, Monday, July 3, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Among the objects was a rare print of a publicity shot of late singer David Bowie for his LP "Diamond Dogs" — taken by photographer Terry O'Neill — that was snapped up for 20,000 euros ($22,700). And a week on a 44-meter (144-foot) yacht went under the hammer for 115,000 euros ($130,800).

The evening also marked the Paris launch of amfAR's new fragrance, Gala, which was conceived as a tribute to the Foundation's founding international chairman, Elizabeth Taylor, the first celebrity to have her own line of fragrances.

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CHAUMET'S SECRET CIRCUS PARTY

"The Artist" star Berenice Bejo, Spanish actress Rossy de Palma and "Harry Potter" star Clemence Poesy were among guests at jeweler Chaumet's circus-themed gala Sunday night that aims to promote its upcoming high jewelry line.

VIPS guests were picked up outside Chaumet's Place Vendome headquarters by a vintage 1936 bus and jerkily driven to a secret location, slurping champagne. There were gasps of wonder as the bus pulled up to the "Musee des Arts Forains," a little-known private museum near the Seine River that houses a collection of funfair objects.

Inside, guests saw merry-go-rounds, performers and a hall of mirrors and were served candy floss in a surreal recreated funfair.

Chaumet is showcasing its sparkling designs at the end of Paris Couture Week.

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Thomas Adamson can be followed at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamson_K

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