PARIS — Many people became amateur body-language experts during this Paris fashion week. With Tom Ford negotiating to renew his Gucci Group employment contract with Pinault-Printemps-Redoute between fittings for his Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche show on Sunday night — and company officials mum on the subject — fashion observers were looking for signs of progress.

At the Alexander McQueen show on Friday night, Gucci boss Domenico De Sole, who is also in negotiations to renew his contract, warmly greeted François Pinault, who controls Gucci Group with a 67.6 percent stake, and proceeded to have a long, friendly chat with PPR chief executive Serge Weinberg. But many attendees remarked on Pinault’s puzzled expression during McQueen’s dance-marathon production.

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