Weird? And then some. It started Friday morning when the IHT cameinserted into a flashy folder advertising Dior Addict. One might havefiled that under forgot-to-cancel, except that guests arriving at theRodin museum for the Christian Dior show were met on the grounds by aneager IHT contingent, its members handing out the paper still wrapped inits ill-timed Addiction. Outside the gate, a considerable policepresence was either unnecessary or ultraintimidating, as thelarger-than-usual crowd remained quite ruly. Much more so, in fact, thanthose fashion-crazed masses of yore that went wild in anticipation ofGalliano’s early shows in Paris. Now, the other-than-usual suspectsincluded a scantily clad faux royal with a sign proclaiming “The King isdead,” and, for some reason, a glammed-out Uncle Sam. But among theoutraged and the merely curious, fashion paparazzi still photographedthe young and chic, and the show’s invited guests pushed through asusual, save for their obviously darker communal mood.


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