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A catwalk show as a love letter to Parisian style is an idea that has been done before, but not like this. Balenciaga’s designer Demna Gvasalia may have “fallen in love with Paris all over again,” but this was not the Paris of Robert Doisneau and lamplit bridges, of berets and Édith Piaf.

The show was held on a Sunday morning in Paris, but instead of piping in the scent of crusty baguettes to evoke the smell of the city streets, Gvasalia had the venue laid with fresh asphalt for an authentic urban fragrance.

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