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PARIS — There was the paparazzi frenzy sparked by Nicole Kidman’s entrance at Chanel; Alexander McQueen’s fashion chess game; the status jeans bag at Louis Vuitton, and John Galliano’s frisky ballgown-and-balloon combinations. It all added up to plenty of action, excitement and drama at the Paris spring shows. For more on the season, see today’s reviews.

This story first appeared in the October 11, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.