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Covering the Bettencourt Affair

Covering the Bettencourt scandal is a lot like running a marathon on wildly changing terrain. It takes stamina, and right now there's little visibility on the course

A Sneak Peek Behind-the-Scenes at Paris Fashion Week

PARIS -- Racing from venue to venue to report on hair and makeup during Paris Fashion Week is a rich experience. It gives a behind-the-scenes look at what's happening beauty-wise and also entrée into some of the city's out-of-the-way cultural gems.

Take the Dries Van Noten show. It was held in the Hÿtel de Ville (City Hall) in central Paris, which has been municipally vital to the city since the mid-14th century. Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë has his office there these days. But on March 3, a couple of the building's lusciously ornate rooms, accessed by an imposing stone stairwell, were a flurry of fashion-related activity. Hairstylists and makeup artists camped out in two of the vast salons.

To get backstage at some other shows (for brands like Rochas and Nina Ricci) taking place at 7 Place Vendÿme in the 1st arrondissement involved entering the building's side door...
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