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Model-Businesswoman Deborah Valdez-Hung Takes Us Through Paris Haute Couture Week

Apr 01, 2016

Dressed in a Dolce & Gabbana outfit

There are two reasons that my husband and I go to fashion week. First, we love fashion and we focus more on haute couture because the pieces showcased are extraordinary. As everyone knows, I do so many things at once. The other purpose of going to Paris is to do business. I want to create the most luxurious atelier in Macau at my husband Stephen Hung’s hotel, The 13. It is the first time in history that all these top fashion designers will come under one roof and they will all have their collections there. If you go to Paris, you have to make separate appointments and go to each atelier separately.

I am in charge of collaborating with the designers, and this atelier will not just be for fashion, but also jewellery and cars and so on.

Opening the Yanina couture show in Paris

January 24, 9pm /

Atelier Versace

The first stop of the week was Atelier Versace. We are very close to Donatella and took a photo with her when we went backstage to have a chat. I saw her again the next day and we talked about her collection and why she created the pieces.

At the Christian Dior show

January 25, 5pm / 

Christian Dior

Christian Dior always hold their shows at the same venue, the Musée Rodin. Everyone had many thoughts in their minds because the previous designer, Raf Simons, left and two other designers who had previously worked for Simons took over. No one knew what to expect. I heard a mixture of views but Dior always has nice shows. It is one of the top shows.

Backstage at the Atelier Versace show with Donatella Versace

January 25, 6.30pm /

Ralph & Russo

This husband-and-wife team from Australia are very young and sweet. In fact, they are a very down-to-earth and glamorous couple. They do excellent embroidery, modern and subtle, using things like tiny pearls that aren’t “loud”. Tamara, who does the design, has developed her own style in terms of how she structures her clothing. I think she has a modern signature look.

The finale gown at the Ralph & Russo show

January 25, 7.30pm /

Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli is wonderful. We met the day after his show and our personalities click. I admire the way he works because he is very haute couture and respects the rules. These days there are many designers who don’t. The standards of haute couture used to be that the pieces produced had to be one-offs and made using high-end materials only. Also, everything has to be made in Paris. These are the rules of haute couture.

With husband, Stephen Hung, and designer, Giambattista Valli

January 26, 10am /

Yanina

Yulia Yanina is a designer from Russia and I opened her show. It is not often that a socialite gets to participate in the shows, so it was quite a privilege. She has been working in haute couture for almost 20 years but she is new in Paris and not many people know about her. What I like about her is that she is not a big corporation, and doesn’t accept all requests and likes to take her time. She creates on her own. Her designs are very feminine. I did the fitting of the outfit two days before and was completely surprised by what I was going to model on the day, which was a ballerina-inspired outfit.

Line-up for the Yanina couture show

January 26, 2.30pm /

Stéphane Rolland

I was very impressed. He plays a lot with the architecture of the clothing. He had this gown which was beautiful. It was red at the bottom with a nude coloured top. The structure is so unique and beautiful. He also did a stunning bridal dress which everyone was talking about. It was a very modern bridal outfit.

Backstage at the Yanina show

January 27, 8am /

Rami Kadi

It wasn’t a show, but I did a fitting for Rami Kadi, who is Lebanese. He had his presentation at a suite and was checking the clothing. He has many beautiful pieces, a lot of them bridal, although you don’t only need to use them for bridal, they can be for any occasion.

Dressed in a Rami Kadi bridal gown

January 27, 12.30pm /

Elie Saab

Elie Saab is always spectacular. The inspiration was India but many people thought it was American cowboy for some strange reason. As always, there was a lot of embroidery and he’s one of the best in the business when it comes to that.

A happy snap with Domenico Dolce

January 27, 2.30pm /

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier had a disco theme for his show inspired by Studio 54. It was super fun. We like him a lot. I got to try all the pieces and I have to say that they are really cool. At first look, they may not be pieces that you are looking for but when you try them on, you really think, why not? He thinks so differently. You may not think of his designs as timeless but when I tried on a jacket, I thought, I could wear this any time. He did a lot of oversized pieces that I didn’t expect I would like but they are super-comfortable. He is a designer who can really surprise you.

Getting cosy with Anna Dello Russo

January 31, 11am /

Dolce & Gabbana

Everybody follows fashion week, but they do it their own way and it just seems to work. At Dolce & Gabbana, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce do a three-day event where they present jewellery and menswear. During this time you can really get to know the designers because they are around during the presentations. They presented the women’s collection at the Teatro alla Scala and the pieces, from suits to dresses and jackets, were amazing. Just the day before, I had bought a Dolce & Gabbana dress. I was the only person in the store and they opened it for me. I didn’t have a dress because I had been travelling for so long. I loved the outfit because it was so spring, with so many colours.

Posing in front of a mural at the Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan

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