By  on November 8, 2010

Judging from the number of U.S. designers thronging Paris during Fashion week, theFrench capital could soon become known as La Petite Pomme (The Little Apple). ZacPosen showed in the City of Light for the first time and The Row relocated its showroompresentation to Paris from New York after its samples were late.

But it was on the social scene that the Americans made the biggest splash, withAlexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra and Narciso Rodriguez showing up atbashes across town. Opening Ceremony teamed up with GrandLife, the Web site of NewYork’s Soho Grand and Tribeca Grand hotels, to host a “NY NY” party at nightclub LeRégine that drew scenesters including Paul Sevigny, Mickey Boardman, The Misshapesand Mark “The Cobra Snake” Hunter.

The love was clearly flowing both ways: The very next night, department storePrintemps joined forces with Council of Fashion Designers of America president Dianevon Furstenberg and V magazine editor in chief Stephen Gan to host the “PrintempsLoves New York” bash, capping weeks of shopping events showcasing Stateside talent.Printemps fashion director Maria Luisa Poumaillou said the event was proof that AnnaWintour’s efforts to promote emerging American design talent were bearing fruit. “Youcan’t deny that there is a kind of revival over there right now,” she said. “We have to stopbeing ‘plus papiste que le Pape’ [holier than the Pope] and saying they are not good.”

French designers might be forgiven for wondering: “What am I, chopped liver?”

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