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Alber Elbaz is king of the castle — or at least, his puppet alter ego is.

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FEEL THE BURN: Alber Elbaz is king of the castle — or at least, his puppet alter ego is. The Lanvin designer on Wednesday cut the ribbon on the Christmas window displays at the Paris flagship of Printemps, which feature his ’n’ hers puppets based on his sketches dancing in a French chateau setting. The male puppets wear the designer’s trademark tuxedo and bow tie, while the female characters are outfitted in the gold lamé dress with a ruby heart that closed his fall collection. Actors dressed as 18th-century nobility drew up in horse-drawn carriages at the unveiling ceremony, where Elbaz was joined by British actress Kristin Scott Thomas, Printemps owner Maurizio Borletti and Paolo de Cesare, chairman and chief executive officer of the department store chain. “It’s quite bizarre to see your cartoon in the windows dancing and running. I was just told that each puppet will be running in two months about 200 kilometers, so I’m thinking, God, how many calories are they burning there?” Elbaz quipped afterward. Just don’t expect him to start wearing a crown. “I always was afraid to be the designer of the moment. I’m not. I’m not Miss America and I’m not Miss France that is chosen for a year,” he said. “I think that my job is not being famous. This is not a job, this is maybe a result. What I do is make women and men look good — that’s my job, and that’s what’s more important.”

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