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SHOP TALK: The trunk show may be a relatively new concept to Parisians, but they lapped up Roland Mouret’s personal appearance at Printemps Thursday night. Joining friends and associates for a dinner afterwards in a private reception room at the department store’s Paris flagship, the London-based Mouret confessed it was strange to do the presentation in his native French after a round of recent trunk shows in the United States. He planned to stay on a few days to attend Numéro editor-in-chief Babeth Djian’s black-tie benefit for Rwandan children on Saturday.
Printemps chairman and chief executive officer Paolo de Cesare asked if Mouret might consider a permanent return to Paris. “No, I’m going home,” replied the designer, noting that his partner could travel to join him, but his cherished pet could not. “I don’t have any kids, but I have a dog, and it’s just as important.”