PARIS IN THE FALL: The sun beamed in through the second-floor windows of the Americans in Paris showroom at the Pavillon Etoile, with its panoramic view of the Arc de Triomphe, bathing the collections of the young designers present with light.

This was a new location for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund initiative, held from Oct. 1 to 3 during Paris Fashion Week, and is likely to become its home-away-from-home for several seasons to come.

Each of the eight designers present — Aurora James of Brother Vellies; Brad Schmidt and Raul Arevalo of Cadet; Chris Gelinas of CG; Becca McCharen of Chromat; Rio Uribe of Gypsy Sport, and three designers each with their own signature collections: David Hart, Jonathan Simkhai and Thaddeus O’Neil — had a bigger, more intimate space than at previous sessions, allowing them to spend more time with buyers and media that came by. The central location also proved a draw for visitors, designers said.

“Seeing the collection literally in a new light is refreshing,” said Gelinas, who had witnessed strong demand for his jacquard designs at the showroom. “I feel there’s less of a hustle here than in New York, where everyone’s in such a rush. There’s a calmness here, people want to take a little more time.”

Gelinas, who used to live in Paris, was also taking some time while in town to visit his old haunts. “Paris is like my spring break,” he said.

Hart was also in a positive frame of mind and had bagged meetings with Bergdorf Goodman and Matches.

“Everyone loves the color and the prints,” the men’s wear designer said. “Here, people are asking more for things that are fashion driven, whereas in New York, it’s more basics.”

Hart himself was in pre-vacation mode. “We tacked on a few days and we’re going to Corsica. I can’t wait,” he said. “I haven’t been on vacation for two years.”

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