Modern Living: BigSkirts, Big Prices

Each spring Paris goes a bit mad as it tries to tell the world's women what to wear the following fall and winter. Last week thousands of buyers, retailing executives and journalists turned up for the pret-a-porter (ready-to-wear) shows and found the usual mania. A tightrope walker equiliberated over the crowd jammed into the Commercial Stock Exchange, where a big show was taking place. At Designer Vicky Tiel's "New Tango in Paris" exhibit, dancing models plucked partners from the audience for a whirl around the floor. As always, the gendarmes had crowd-control problems....

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