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Hermes dreamed of the stars but failed to light a spark, while Elie Saab let its hair down and channeled the '70s. They were among design houses staging collections at Paris Fashion Week Saturday, as organizers were on heightened alert over the prospect of a 16th-straight weekend of "yellow vests" protests.PROTEST PREOCCUPATIONSMany guests invited to the Elie Saab show were held up by snaking traffic caused by the yellow vest demonstrations in Paris that began by the nearby Arc de Triomphe.It was the second time Paris Fashion Week had coincided with the protests.It illuminated a typically feminine array of color-rich gowns.HERMES' TWINKLING STARSAt Hermes, tiny light bulbs twinkled away from chic wood-paneled walls, creating the effect of a room filled with sparkling stars.As the collection progressed -- via some slightly ill-fitting black leather jackets, bold distracting stripes at coat hems and high-neck silk chemises with an awkwardly shaped print at the bust -- it became clear this season Hermes' electricity had failed to light up.
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