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The Kart Before the Horse?

The Fashion Set Navigates an Exceptionally Crowded Paris Party Schedule

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Last night, the Paris party circuit began before the shows had even ended. The new Chanel store at 51 Avenue Montaigne was the first stop on the itinerary, and editors and design buffs passed through to give it the once-over between the Alexander McQueen and Kanye West shows. "I like the fabric," Interview's Fabien Baron said, fluffing a tweed bouclé chair in the upstairs eveningwear salon. "It's nice, no?" But there was no time to sit—it was on to the next.

For a lucky few, that was Moncler's now traditional dinner at Caviar Kaspia, for the perfect mid-evening refuel: a baked potato crowned with caviar. It put dreams of leisurely meals and relaxing into the heads of the show-weary editors, but no rest for the fashionable. Gamme Rouge designer Giambattista Valli swore off a vacation, saying he's already at work planning a pre-pre-collection for his signature label, and for the rest of the attendees, it was a quick espresso, then off to Silencio.

David Lynch's gilded club was the site of Gucci's party for its new collaborator, Charlotte Casiraghi. The Monégasque princess and equestrienne has a long history with Gucci, which dresses her for her show-jumping appearances, so she was the perfect choice for the horsewomanly Forever Now campaign, for which Peter Lindbergh shot her alongside one of her steeds. "Charlotte really knows what she wants; she is very naturally chic and elegant, so that was our focus," said Gucci creative director Frida Giannini. Chic and elegance runs in the family of course, and the Casiraghi clan's history with Gucci goes way back, too: Charlotte's grandmother, Princess Grace, famously inspired the Flora print, later brought back to life by Giannini as a best-selling bag. And perhaps it's due to return again: Giannini hinted that Flora will "probably" bloom anew. But before that, it was time to gallop on to Kanye West's post-show bash.

West being the maximalist he is, you wouldn't have been entirely surprised to find show-jumping horses speeding around the cavernous Halle Freyssinet. But go-karts were the transport of choice. "In the show, we just got to walk in heels. Now we get to drive. First business, then pleasure. It's time to party!" shrieked Karlie Kloss. How's her driving? "It depends who you're asking," she admitted.

The fête attracted everyone from musical superstars Katy Perry, Sean Combs, Alicia Keys, and Cassie to fashion forces like Nicola Formichetti, Silvia Venturini Fendi, and Riccardo Tisci. "This is pretty much the place to be," proclaimed rapper Mos Def, who later climbed on stage with the likes of Azealia Banks, Common, and Big Sean to perform. But, West promised, if tonight we party, tomorrow, we work. "I just feel like I'm learning the process behind everything," he told Style.com. "I plan to just work every day."

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