By  on July 2, 2012

PARIS — In global economic terms, it’s among the worst of times. In the cosseted, hand-wrought world of high fashion, it’s practically the best of times.“Our best year ever in couture,” said Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion at Chanel, citing record couture sales in revenues and units, and hailing Karl Lagerfeld’s spring collection — based on the color blue and paraded through a jetliner set — as well suited to its global clientele.On Tuesday, Lagerfeld will parade his “new vintage” collection for Chanel in the newly renovated Salon d’Honneur at the Grand Palais.“The superrich are still superrich,” added Ralph Toledano, president of Puig’s fashion division, which includes Jean Paul Gaultier, which saw revenues jump 23 percent for his Amy Winehouse-inspired spring couture collection, on top of a 28 percent gain in 2011. Gaultier’s couture operates profitably, Toledano noted.


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