Fashion: The Inter-Aeon Game

In its second week of spring and summer showings, Parisian haute couture managed to sashay back to the hip-flask era, blast off into far-outer space, and keep fashion pundits' necks swiveling as if they were covering an inter-aeon Davis Cup match.

The hip flask was passed by Captain Edward Molyneux, making his return to fashion at 71, after 15 years devoted to painting. His collection evoked memories of the days when Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Gertrude Lawrence and the Duchess of Kent—all faithful Molyneux clients—were Everyman's symbols of feminine elegance.

Molyneux is...

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