Chevrolet Dazzles the City of Light

Don Sherman

In the photography category, the contest was to draw the attention of the European lifestyle press to the Spark's charm. Four photographers from England's Burton College triumphed by composing an image with a Spark posing as the center-striped star between two fair-haired damsels. The lighting on the car was nicely executed to draw the eye of the beholder to the Spark's youthful, energetic spirit.

Grand Couturier Frank Sorbier, the master artist who orchestrated the Fashion Catwalk, had some tough acts to follow. For his feature event, each of the vintage Chevrolets rolled center stage with lanky legged models adorned in his haute couture. Each occupant exited the cars with a pedigreed canine accompaniment.

The show's final act was the new Chevy Orlando painted a chic charcoal granite hue and containing a family of seven -- two fashionable adults with their four young children. Each wore a variation of a woman's trench coat made of wool satin and silk printed with silver ink-jet and contrasting textured pigments. The mother wore a black tulle net slip under her fabric coat while the father's cinched leather coat was complimented by a black pullover and trousers. The girls wore cardigan tops with black cotton skirts over tulle slips while the boys were decked out with hooded sweaters and black trousers accented in the silver ink-jet and sterling silver theme.

Sorbier first achieved Parisian haute couture acclaim in 1987. His initial 1991 fashion collection generated strong demand from high-end buyers. He was invited to join the Federation Francaise de la Couture de Pret-a-porter and, in 1999, became a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisiene. The French Ministry of Culture awarded Sorbier a Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres in 2004. He was further distinguished with a Grand Couturier title the following year. Expanding his horizons, Sorbier has created designs for the opera, popular music artists, and well known commercial product brands. Last year he branched into internet fashion shows earning additional recognition and acclaim. He also wrote and directed his first movie which celebrated recent changes in haute couture. He has recently ventured into home interior decor with his creation of silverware portraits made of recycled plates and cutlery.

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