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Paris Fashion Week: At Mugler, Lady Gaga steals the show

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Nicola Formichetti brought the Thierry Mugler women’s collection roaring back to the runway Wednesday night, with Lady Gaga in long blond ponytails and giant platforms modeling for her stylist/collaborator, and the show streaming live on Facebook.

Formachetti’s designs -- tailored jackets and dresses with extreme ‘Metropolis’ shoulders, latex pants and catsuits -- were not-too-distant cousins of Mugler’s fierce-feminine looks from the ‘80s and ‘90s.

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But, gorgeous as the models were (including Coco Rocha and Jessica Stam in tribal makeup), they weren’t the supermodels of yore. So when Formichetti sent them ‘vogue-ing’ down the runway, ‘80s-style, not only did they occasionally look pained, a few of them actually stumbled.

Gaga, on the other hand, took to the modeling gig like she’d been doing it all her life, stepping onto the runway from the front of the house, puffing on a cigarette and grinding on a column, as her new single, ‘Government Hooker,’ played on the soundtrack.

The Gothic arches on the problematic set didn’t make it easy to see. But this was a show for Generation Facebook. And all those little monsters watching at home had the real front row seats. Now, we’ll see if they remember the clothes.

-- Booth Moore in Paris

PHOTOS: Mugler fall-winter 2011 runway collection photo gallery

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