Living: Fashion and Show Biz in France

Paris was not burning, but the clothes are ready-to-wearable

The French, who may be the world's canniest people, do like to play crazy. Particularly when being fou like a fox lays a hot trail to the bank. They can be observed at their canniest-craziest at the annual showings in Paris of ready-to-wear fashions for fall and winter. The April r.t.w. cash bash is a come-lately promotion-cum-celebration that in recent years has overtaken the haute couture collections in importance, supports the high-fashion houses, and is largely responsible for drawing nearly $2 billion a year into...

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