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Paris Fashion Week Idyll

by James Sturz

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Observations from the front row. All photos by James Sturz

Fall/Winter 2014 Prêt-à-Porter Fashion Week is getting underway in Paris, and we're kicking off a week-long homage to the best in global vices. Let's start with a potent mixture of pride and envy with photos and observations from the Paris couture shows by James Sturz, in his new role as Fathom's contributing koan writer.

PARIS – During a stay at the W Paris Opéra last month, Cecile Rummler, the W Insider, scored tickets for my wife and me for two haute couture shows, Stéphane Rolland and Julien Fournié. While I pride myself on what that same wife calls an eclectic combo of "lazy style" mixed with "no style at all" — "nice sweaters and bad jeans, but good-quality socks" — I was left with several indelible memories and images from the spectacle.


Paris Fashion Week in Koan 


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James, Fathom's contributing koan editor, is author of the novel Sasso. His travel journalism, short fiction, and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Afar, Men's Journal, Travel + Leisure, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and the anthology Italy: The Best Travel Writing from the New York Times. He travels for the jet lag. And the pretzels. And other stuff.


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