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Paris Fashion Week: Jean Paul Gaultier bids adieu to RTW
Paris Fashion Week: Jean Paul Gaultier bids adieu to RTW

It had all the hallmarks of a classic Jean Paul Gaultier show. His name was in lights on a theater marquee, the Grand Rex in Paris. There was a scrum outside the likes of which haven't been seen since the 1994 Robert Altman fashion parody film, "Pret-a-Porter." (I actually saw a looky-loo climbing a lamp post to get a better look at the thick crowd of thin people trying to push in.) Glittering guests, including fellow designers Alber Elbaz, Gareth Pugh and Sonia Rykiel, were being interviewed by TV cameras. But it was the end of an era. After 32 years, Gaultier showed his final ready-to-wear collection Saturday night. So he celebrated with an extravaganza that was billed...

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