Dear France,


Please don’t take all of Mr. Arnault’s money away. Fashion is onereason France is so special. You can help ensure that after way toolong a season, the people who buy this essential export to sell in theirfar-off lands, and those who photograph, report on, blog about andotherwise play a role in the global fashion game, leave your gloriouscapital (or if lucky enough to live here, just go home and kick off thestilettos) happy and a little amused. If you take away all of Mr.Arnault’s money, Marc Jacobs will still be a brilliant designer, but notone with the wherewithal to collaborate with Daniel Buren on aremarkable Louis Vuitton set with an enormous yellow-and-white glasscheckerboard floor (who knew Grandma’s-kitchen-linoleum look could getsuch an upgrade?) and four mile-high silvery-sleek escalators, which,when in motion, revealed Damier stripes on their risers. Descending theescalators in sisterly pairs, Marc’s models made for sunny viewing,especially because he gave bright yellow a rare fashion moment.

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