Crisis on the Catwalk

Only one thing was more dramatic than the looks on the couture runways in Paris last week: the battles raging behind the scenes

At least along the runways, the stars were in alignment last week. The usual stable of celebrities and editors lined the front rows at the couture shows in Paris. Sofia Coppola ogled John Galliano's Empire-waist Josephine dresses at Dior. At Armani's haute-couture debut, Penélope Cruz perused her options for the red carpets at this year's awards ceremonies. Even Vogue editor Anna Wintour was back in town after sitting out the past two spring couture seasons. But those who wanted to see the real action needed to keep an eye on the new faces in the crowd.

Among the ones to watch...

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