FASHION: The Undressed Look

Writing in the highbrow French review Arts last week, Poet Jean Cocteau diagnosed the midsummer madness that gripped Paris: "A lightning-quick epidemic which forces different and antagonistic persons all to obey the same mysterious order, to submit themselves to new habits which overturn their old ways of life, up to the moment when a new order arrives and obliges them to turn their coat once more."

As every woman knows, Prankster Cocteau was defining fashion, not the Suez crisis. Last week, along the Right Bank from the Place Vendome to the little...

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