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Down and Out in Paris

The main topics of conversion in Paris coalesced around Pharrell, and the creative opportunities afforded to designers as the fashion business consolidates.
The main topics of conversion in Paris coalesced around Pharrell, and the creative opportunities afforded to designers as the fashion business consolidates. Photo: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images
Lauren Sherman
June 26, 2023

During fashion week, all the horrible stuff happening in the world seems worse because it’s playing out against an expensive backdrop of pomp and plentitude. Once upon a time, runway shows used to serve a business purpose, of course, but now they’re largely relegated to marketing and theatrics. Clothes can make you feel something, but usually they don’t, and when vanity smoke bombs start detonating at the Rick Owens show when there’s 11 minutes left before the Titanic submersible runs out of oxygen, it makes you wonder: What am I doing here?