Philip Treacy: Chapeaux are some of the great prop devices of the haute couture. Dream-weaving designers use them to enrich their theatre du mode, while more grounded types rely on the feathered or veiled flourish to up the intrigue of real-life clothes.

Either way, hats are a big part of the fun, so who could blame Philip Treacy for time and again engaging in his own runway escapades? For his show on Wednesday night, Treacy took his cue from his location, Pink Paradise, a strip club off the Champs-Elysées. He served his guests cocktails and semi-dressed his models in little nothings — lots of lacy black undies — the better to showcase those witty millinery concoctions while working the poles a bit, warming them up for the real strippers set to work the next shift.

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