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Paris Fashion Week: At Mugler, Lady Gaga steals the show

March 2, 2011 |  6:13 pm

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Nicola Formichetti brought the Thierry Mugler women's collection roaring back to the runway Wednesday night, with Lady Gaga in long blond ponytails and giant platforms modeling for her stylist/collaborator, and the show streaming live on Facebook.

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Formachetti's designs -- tailored jackets and dresses with extreme "Metropolis" shoulders, latex pants and catsuits -- were not-too-distant cousins of Mugler's fierce-feminine looks from the '80s and '90s.

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But, gorgeous as the models were (including Coco Rocha and Jessica Stam in tribal makeup), they weren't the supermodels of yore. So when Formichetti sent them "vogue-ing" down the runway, '80s-style, not only did they occasionally look pained, a few of them actually stumbled.

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Gaga, on the other hand, took to the modeling gig like she'd been doing it all her life, stepping onto the runway from the front of the house, puffing on a cigarette and grinding on a column, as her new single, "Government Hooker," played on the soundtrack.

The Gothic arches on the problematic set didn't make it easy to see. But this was a show for Generation Facebook. And all those little monsters watching at home had the real front row seats. Now, we'll see if they remember the clothes.

-- Booth Moore in Paris

PHOTOS: Mugler fall-winter 2011 runway collection photo gallery

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Photos: Looks from the Mugler fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

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