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Feb 27 2013 - 2:17pm

Paris Fashion Week is in full swing, but the beautiful garments shown there aren't the only things we're looking forward to from the next eight days. From the food to the shopping to the art exhibits currently on view, take a look at what our editors in the City of Light will be watching for on the runways — and what they'll be doing when they're off the clock.

Raf Simons's and Hedi Slimane's Second Shows

Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane made their ready-to-wear debuts at Dior [1] and Saint Laurent [2], respectively, for Spring 2013. Their Fall 2013 shows are just as important, as they should help to cement each designer's direction for his respective house. Will Simons stick to romantic modernism? Will Slimane continue to pay homage to the house's founder? We'll find out this week.

All the Great Food

From the macarons at Pierre Hermé, at left, to the twice-daily menu changes at 6 Paul Bert, one of our favorite things to do in Paris is eat. This week we're hoping to squeeze in meals at Beaucoup, Bones, and Le Mary Celeste — along with snacks from street vendors and open-air markets along the way.

Forward-Thinking Street Style

There was some impressive street style in New York [3], London [4], and Milan [5], but there's something about Paris that makes the industry's best-dressed denizens really up the ante. We're looking forward to what Miroslava Duma, Ulyana Sergeenko, and Natalie Joos, at left, will wear.

Retail Therapy

From the March 1 opening [6] of Karl Lagerfeld's eponymous store on Boulevard Saint Germain to the whimsical poses of the mannequins at Chloé's Rue Saint Honoré boutique, we'd be remiss if we didn't do a little shopping in one of the world's great fashion capitals. The first flagship store for Ami is also on our list, as are Stella Luna — a Chinese luxury goods brand — and the new boutique called The Broken Arm on the Rue Perrée.

The New Guys at Emanuel Ungaro and Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel and Emanuel Ungaro — two of the most storied houses on the Paris calendar — are also debuting the work of their new designers in chief. Anna Dello Russo favorite Fausto Puglisi, at left, was appointed [7] creative director at Ungaro in September and has a client roster that includes Beyoncé and Madonna [8]. Meanwhile, Rykiel's new artistic director [9] Geraldo da Conceicao has already described his woman for Fall 2013 to WWD. She's "an autonomous, intelligent and fully conscious sensual being who revels in her femininity," he said [10].

Inez and Vinoodh's Photography Exhibit

Husband-and-wife photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin are showing [11] a retrospective of their work at the Gagosian Gallery in Paris until March 9. The photos are curated to point out elements, themes, and subjects that appear across over 20 years' worth of photos.

Maxime Simoens's First Show With LVMH

LVMH announced [12] that it had bought a minority stake in 28-year-old Maxime Simoens's eponymous brand just last week and also revealed that the designer will show his first ready-to-wear collection on March 3. Previously, Simoens had been the creative director of the couture house Leonard but left in early 2012 amid speculation he was in talks to succeed John Galliano at Dior.

H&M's First Fashion Show in Eight Years

In lieu of doing another designer collaboration, H&M has scheduled [13] its first fashion show in nearly a decade at the Rodin Museum. Asked why it planned to stage a show — in the same place where Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior once showed their collections, no less — H&M spokesman Haccan Andersson told WWD simply, "We felt excited about the collection, and we really wanted to show it."

All the Supermodels — and the Up-and-Comers

The Paris shows draw some of the best runway talent in the world, and they can be valuable proving grounds for up-and-coming models. Will, say, Tilda Lindstam (who booked more shows [14] than anyone during New York Fashion Week) be as successful with the big brands in Paris?

Alexander Wang's Debut at Balenciaga

Alexander Wang's first show for Balenciaga has been billed as an intimate affair, which means not many people will get to attend it on Thursday morning. But just because the audience will be small doesn't mean the impact of this show won't be huge.

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