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What the Critics Said About Paris Fashion Week, and What They Really Meant

The reviews from Paris Fashion Week are clogging the Internet with words that resemble English but don't necessarily make a lot of sense. That means it's time for another edition of "What They Really Meant," where we read the fashion reviews so you don't have to. You've worked hard enough today already.

Colette Displays Luxury Logos Made From Cocaine

There's cocaine at Colette! Through March 1 — the end of Paris Fashion Week — the Paris boutique's first-floor gallery will display Swiss artist Comenius Roethlisberger's exhibition of luxury-brand logos like Chanel, Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent written in a mixture of cocaine and powdered sugar, adorably entitled "Dearest Constellation, Sweetest Invitation" (he's talking to you, Kate).

Jean Paul Gaultier Blows PETA a Big Kiss

What kind of fur did Jean Paul Gaultier send down the runway in Paris yesterday? The Wall Street Journal's Christina Binkley was there, and she can explain:

Out of Nowhere, Amanda Laine Storms Europe

After winning the V magazine and Supreme Model Management’s “V a Model!” (get it??) contest, official new girl Amanda Laine has surprised everyone by quickly popping up on Milan runways. That's right — it seems possible to win a modeling contest and actually have a high-fashion career thereafter! Who knew?

New Valentino Designer Prepares for Debut; Balenciaga Wows Critics Again

Tomorrow Alessandra Fachinetti presents her first collection as the creative director of Valentino after the man himself retired earlier this year, making her "potentially, one of the most powerful women in the industry." She invited Valentino to her show and calls her collection "Valentino … with a twist," which she hopes will attract younger customers. [Telegraph]

Dior, Dior, Dior — and Some Other Stuff

• John Galliano played "Mrs. Robinson" during the presentation of his pretty, wearable, sixties-inspired Christian Dior line. His other inspirations included Baby Jane Holzer and Raquel Welch. [WWD]

Taryn Davidson Books Paris Runways, Italian ‘Vogue’

Though she debuted at last year’s Calvin Klein show alongside Karlie Kloss and Toni Garrn, Canadian Taryn Davidson has remained more under the radar. One could attribute this merely to her being Canadian — our northern neighbors tend to lie low. But Taryn's creating a stir in Paris: Usually catwalk bookings are confirmed the day of, but Davidson’s already snagged spots this week at Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, and Balenciaga. And she’s also blowing up off the runway, having shot an upcoming Italian Vogue editorial with Nathaniel Goldberg. Not too shabby, eh?

Girl to Watch: Emma Pei

Some of our favorite new catwalk staples are Asian beauties, and upbeat newcomer Emma Pei is our fave du jour. So let's welcome her to the esteemed club of runway rulers that is our Model Manual, shall we?

Oscar Fashion Bores — Now on to Paris!

• The inane glories of the red carpet: Atonement's 13-year-old Saoirse Ronan doesn't care what people think about her outfit, George Clooney's date seemed restless, and Steve Carell claimed to wear $14,000 Spanx. [WP] • Most Oscar dresses were boring and many red-carpet walkers' "behavior could have used a little refinement," like Jessica Alba who chewed gum the whole walk down. [WWD]

Milan Front-Row Report: McDreamy Who? It’s Roberto Bolle!

Until the end of the week, the front rows of the Milan shows were a lovely reminder celebrities exist in nationalities other than American. Just because we don't know who they are and Us Weekly doesn't explain why they're "just like us" doesn't mean they're not famous

Scrapbook: Moments From Milan

If you haven’t been flown over to soak in the twinkling excesses of Milan Fashion Week, here’s what you’ve missed. Clockwise from top left: An exhausted Anouck yawned in line at Prada. Carine looked fab in front-row fur at Missoni. Hamish Bowles waited at Jil Sander with a camera-shy Virginia Smith.

First Thoughts on Donatella: Goodness, We Approve!

em>Wherein batty, catty New York editors treat you to their totally unsolicited yet utterly insightful thoughts on the stuff they can't stop looking at.

Amina I don't want to scare you but...Versace is pretty. Jessica Uh oh. How pretty? Amina I want to buy some of the coats. Jessica Ooooh boy. Okay, looking now... leather biker-cum-blazer is something I might kick some serious ass in.

Milan Still Low on Glitz, But Earthy Gets Its Due

The Milan shows are almost over and we are still waiting for that "molto sexy" glitzy thing to rear its Swarovski-ed head. Soon, oh yes, we can feel it. But in the meantime, many of these collections, would be great for a super posh camping trip of sorts. • Trussardi showed earth tones and bright shower-curtain frocks.

Americans Are Over Bling, But China and Russia Aren't!

Are you the kind of person who hears the words "economy" or "emerging markets" and immediately thinks, Economy eshmonomy, emerging markets cookie whatever? If so, and you care about fashion, now is the time to change your tune. The economy does indeed affect what you wear (crap), because designers create their wares based on what you're in a position to buy.