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FASHION GODS: Italian designer Ludovica Amati sought a spiritual experience with her fashion presentation, her first in Paris.

A cloud of incense permeated the venue, a deconsecrated church in the 11th arrondissement filled with eclectic furniture, oriental rugs and esoteric artifacts and lit with an array of candles. Asia Argento, who created the performance, officiated over a mock religious ceremony in which models chanted, danced and guided guests to drink from rough wooden bowls proffered by Argento and actress Emma de Caunes, who drew the sign of the cross on each forehead before a font. “God is always in fashion,” boomed Argento’s voice from the pulpit. “Satan is the god of self.” The experience was bewitching, if perplexing.

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