SHOP TALK: Talk about pent-up demand. The John Galliano boutique in Paris, under construction for more than a year on Rue Saint Honoré, quietly opened for business on Tuesday — and had a crowd of shoppers waiting at the door by 11 a.m. It’s no wonder. The two-level boutique is practically all windows, and people in the neighborhood have been scrutinizing its progress for months. Later in the day, there was no mistaking the presence of Galliano himself, who stopped by for an inspection in his signature newsprint cap, jeans and a black vest. A true fashion celebrity, he welcomed a steady stream of well-wishers, and even young fans asking him to autograph their purchases. The designer plans to officially inaugurate the boutique during couture week in July.

MASTER MCQUEEN: Alexander McQueen is making the most out of his upcoming trip to New York, where he’ll accept the CFDA’s International award next Monday. Besides hosting a CFDA after party for friends at the Soho House, the designer will touch down in time for a trunk show and cocktail party at his Meatpacking District boutique on Thursday. McQueen’s loyal New York customers, including Karen Groos, Yvonne Force and Lillian von Stauffenberg, are all planning to make the trip downtown, with personal shopper Willie Lima leading the way.

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