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A boudoir-style party hosted by Camilla Al Fayed for hip Swedish brand Acne Paper at the Ritz in Paris last week wasn’t all fun for the folks at Lanvin.

SOLE SEARCHING: Sharply thrown elbows? Check. Attitude? Check. Decorum? Check it at the at the door — as the eager hordes at the biannual Manolo Blahnik press sale proved Wednesday. To wit: the twentysomething who nearly trampled a visibly pregnant woman in her quest to be first in line to enter the sale room, not to mention the sharp-faced brunette who continually reminded everyone else waiting that she’d been there since 4:30 a.m. Another early arrival appointed herself the line police, telling those getting there after 7:30 a.m. that they needed to shut up and go to the back of the line. Once the doors opened (one room for sizes 37.5 and smaller, another for everyone larger) the mayhem began in earnest — four women sweeping the contents of the 38.5 table onto the floor and threatening anyone who came near them with bodily harm, two Long Islanders poised for a fistfight over black stilettos, complicated trade deals being made…not to mention the women not in the first group to be allowed in trying to shove their way past security. With prices ranging from $100 for plain pumps to $500 for over-the-knee snake boots, however, the ladies at the Warwick Hotel proved they had no qualms about behaving badly.

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