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Francisco Costa Shows Off His Tan Lines, and More From the Paris Couture


Francisco Costa, Claire Danes, and Italo Zucchelli   
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French haute couture was in the Paris spotlight yesterday, but American designers were the men of the hour at a pair of parties. Oscar de la Renta breezed into town from the English countryside for a fête at L'Eclaireur hosted by his consultant and jewelry collaborator Loulou de la Falaise Klossowski. "The chicest women come to Paris," the designer said, pointing to girls like Lauren Santo Domingo and Coco Brandolini, who joined him and a gaggle of models wearing looks from his Resort collection. "But I see Coco in my stuff a lot more than Lauren," he smiled. De la Renta's wife, Annette, also made an appearance, though she snuck out of the party to do some shopping. "It is so hard to focus on one thing, isn't it?" de la Falaise Klossowski teased the designer, and then acknowledged that the temptation to shop is all but impossible to resist in her hometown: "You can't help it here."

Later, Calvin Klein creative directors Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli threw a dinner at Apicius, a stunning restaurant in Paris' seventh arrondissement that boasts a candle-filled garden under a canopy of green. "Isn't this heaven?" Thandie Newton asked as she made her way down the drive to join the likes of Claire Danes, Olivier Theyskens, and Astrid Muñoz. Zucchelli won the CFDA Award for menswear last month, but there was no official reason for the celebration. "Just to have fun," his womenswear counterpart, Costa, explained. And fun Costa did have: Fresh from a holiday on the beach in Saint Martin—"or was it Saint Thomas? Or St. Bart's? Whatever," he said, "it was a nice beach!"—the designer was happy to show off his tan. "There's no tan lines, I promise. Here, I'll show you!" He was only bluffing—we think.

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