Paris Couture Week

Sidaction Gala Returns to Paris Couture Week After Two-Year Hiatus

Sidaction Gala Returns to Paris Couture Week After Two-Year Hiatus

PARIS — The fashion industry celebrated the end of Paris Couture Week with the Sidaction gala dinner, back for its first physical edition since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.Designers and celebrities came together for the fundraising event, organized in partnership with the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, and hosted by Sidaction ambassador and artistic director Jean Paul Gaultier, who launched proceedings with a fashion show featuring the contestants of “Drag Race France.”

Jean Paul Gaultier at the Sidaction gala with the cast of “Drag Race France.”
François Goizé/Courtesy of Sidaction

Dotted around the room were designers including Matthew Williams, Iris van Herpen, Glenn Martens, Camille Miceli, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, Alexis Mabille, Bianca Saunders and Yang Li. Also present were Tracee Ellis Ross, Camille Razat, Big Matthew, Rossy de Palma, Jeanne Damas and Carla Bruni, who was joined mid-dinner by her husband, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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“I work for Netflix,” French actor Samuel Arnold demurely replied to a guest who wondered why he looked so familiar. Since his summer will be spent on the set of “Emily in Paris,” where he portrays the ever-sarcastic Julien, he wasn’t planning ahead all that much.
“Who knows? I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow,” joked the actor, noting that the hit show had opened doors for him abroad. In his sights is Los Angeles, especially now that he has signed with prominent talent agency APA.
Taking in the Pavillon Cambon Capucines decked in red, Arnold declared the evening “mesmerizing” and said he was happy to support the cause. He didn’t know about the always buzzy lucky draw. “Already being here is a prize in itself,” he said.

Inès de la Fressange and Guillaume Henry
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Guillaume Henry was still taking in the responses — good and bad — to Julia Fox’s appearance in his first physical runway show for Patou.
“She’s not one of my personal muses but all the girls at the office were talking about her all the time,” he admitted. The designer became interested in Fox once he saw her supporting emerging designers, and his team reached out.
“She represents a [new wave] of female empowerment. For me, a ‘militant woman’ looked like [French politician] Simone Weil. Today, she’s wearing micro-skirts and boots, she totes her kid like a bag, and it’s fascinating,” he continued, describing Fox as “smart, in love with clothing and a bit nervous” and comparing her to a modern-day Marilyn Monroe.
Fresh from winning the ANDAM Fashion Award, Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter were preparing to head to the Cayman Islands – part vacation, part research trip. They’ve been running their Botter menswear brand with a team of just three people and were grateful for the 300,000-euro prize money.
“First of all we’re going to invest it in more structure in Botter, hiring people, also in developing fabrics, so bio-fabricated from algae, working with engineers. We can move quicker now,” Botter said.
The evening was a breather for Paris-based Spanish designer Arturo Obegero, who had donned one of his jackets with a dramatic fluted open neckline with tuxedo trousers.
Before he can enjoy a summer break that will see him head toward the Mediterranean, he was doubling down on the production of his menswear line. “After a collection, I always have a kind of epiphany that I then have to process. So things will be cooking throughout the summer,” he said between courses.

Victor Weinsanto and Charles de Vilmorin were feeling energized by the influx of tourists and fashion editors to Paris. “Life is finally returning. I hope it lasts. It feels good and it motivates you,” said Weinsanto. “Yes, it’s good to see things going back to normal and almost more extreme than before, I feel. It’s really quite brilliant,” de Vilmorin enthused.
But the two fledgling designers don’t plan to join in the revelry. Asked what his plans were for summer, Weinsanto said: “Work.”

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The Best Modest Looks from Paris Couture Week Fall/Winter 2022

The Best Modest Looks from Paris Couture Week Fall/Winter 2022

Jean Paul Gaultier
A great season for modest fashion, the Fall/Winter 2022 Paris Couture Week explored demure looks in all shapes and forms.
They were in abundance at Dior, where Maria Grazia Chiuri collaborated with Kyiv artist Olesia Trofymenko on a collection themed around folklore from Ukraine, the Tree of Life. Chanel, too, incorporated many full-length pieces like long skirts and trousers paired with coats and jackets. A gold ankle-length coat with the black Chanel monograms all over stood out in particular, as it is sure to be a hit in the Middle East. Hints of the region were also present at Alexis Mabille, where kaftan-inspired pieces and dresses with capes came down the runway. At Armani Privé, the designer explored his signature blazer and trouser silhouette in glitzy fabrics, including one in shocking pink. As for Balenciaga, Demna’s version of modesty came cloaked in anonymity as models wore futuristic headpieces and were dressed head-to-toe in cutting-edge fabrics.
Arab designers like Georges Hobeika, Elie Saab, and Ashi Studio touched upon modesty in statement and festive dresses that stood out amongst the sheer, embroidered pieces. Other party-appropriate looks were offered by Giambattista Valli, Rahul Mishra, and Schiaparelli using elements like feathers, golden-thread leaves, and velvet.

Below, check out all the best modest looks so far from the Fall/Winter 2022 Paris Couture Week.
Chanel
Dior
Balenciaga
Armani Privé
Jean Paul Gaultier
Giambattista Valli
Viktor & Rolf
Alexandre Vauthier
Chanel
Maison Rabih Kayrouz
Elie Saab
Alexis Mabille
Rahul Mishra
Alexis Mabille
Giambattista Valli
Balenciaga
Dior
Georges Hobeika
Armani Privé
Giambattista Valli
Jean Paul Gaultier
Dior
Armani Privé
Ashi Studio
Alexandre Vauthier
Schiaparelli
Georges Hobeika
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Saudi Model Amira Al Zuhair is Taking Over the Paris Couture Week Runways This Season

Saudi Model Amira Al Zuhair is Taking Over the Paris Couture Week Runways This Season

Georges Hobeika
We’re only a couple of days into the Fall/Winter 2022 Paris Couture Week, and Arab representation on the runway has already had a moment. Walking the shows for not one but four coveted designers, Saudi Arabian model Amira Al Zuhair is taking couture week by storm. If she looks familiar, it’s because Al Zuhair has previously fronted one of Vogue Arabia’s December 2020 covers celebrating up-and-coming models in the Kingdom, and continues to feature in the magazine’s editorials since.
Giambattista Valli
On the first day of couture week, Al Zuhair modeled the Fall/Winter 2022 couture collection of fellow Arab, Georges Hobeika. The Lebanese designer’s Mother Nature-inspired collection saw Al Zuhair dressed in a multi-colored piece, featuring a sheer blue top with floor-grazing sleeves, and a two-toned embellished skirt. Bringing the day to the end, Al Zuhair was spotted at the Giambattista Valli show next, where she took the runway in a maximalist number—a brown dress with a voluminous, layered skirt.
Armani Privé
The next day, the model walked the runway for Alexis Mabille twice in two distinct looks—one, featuring a collared shirt and corseted skirt, and the other, a minimalistic, slinky dress. Later, she was a part of Giorgio Armani’s Armani Privé show—one of the most revered ones in the fashion calendar—which saw the octogenarian designer met with a standing ovation. “Thank you for this magical moment!” wrote Al Zuhair on a clip of her walking the runway in a sparkling blue look shared on Instagram.
Alexis Mabille
Looking at the model’s busy start to the shows and with two more packed days left in Paris Couture Week, it is safe to say this may not be the last time we will see Al Zuhair on the runway this season.
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Amina Muaddi Put a Playful Spin on a Gray Skirt Suit at Paris Couture Week

Amina Muaddi Put a Playful Spin on a Gray Skirt Suit at Paris Couture Week

Photo: Getty
Skirt suit to a couture show? Amina Muaddi said yes to the season’s polished-meets-sensual trend in Paris this week. Attending the Dior Fall/Winter 2022 show, the Jordanian-Romanian accessories designer was spotted wearing a grey two-piece from the French fashion house.
Muaddi’s coordinated pick for the day came in a textured slate gray, which she contrasted with a classic white button-up shirt. Those who keep up with the former Vogue Arabia cover star will know that her outfits are far from basic and always come with a touch of playfulness, which was also the case with her latest ensemble. Peeking through from beneath her shirt was a black lace bralette, while the skirt came with black bike shorts that lent a sporty vibe to her otherwise smart look.
As someone who creates shoes and bags for a living, Muaddi knows how to make the most of her accessories, even when they are not from her namesake brand. For yesterday’s show, the 34-year-old’s arm candy of choice was a Mini Lady Dior bag in a light blue shade that added a pop of color to her neutral ensemble, paired with white strappy heels. The color play did not end there. Painted over her eyelids was a wash of bright pink eyeshadow which livened up her beauty look, completed with wing liner, and a glossy pout.
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Everything You Need To Know About Schiaparelli’s Sparkling Paris Couture Week Show

Everything You Need To Know About Schiaparelli’s Sparkling Paris Couture Week Show

Photo: Vogue Runway
Elsa Schiaparelli had Salvador Dalí for Surrealist inspiration. The house’s current Creative Director, Daniel Roseberry, has Nadia Lee Cohen. A multi-hyphenate model-photographer-artist, she’s hot off of the launch of her latest campaign, which saw her transform Kim Kardashian into a 1980s glamazon for Skims’s metallic swimwear collection, a retrofuturism confection of blonde bouffants, pampered poodles and turquoise eyeshadow.
Photo: Vogue Runway
Photo: Vogue Runway
While last season saw Cohen and the short-lived, enigmatic power couple of Ye and Julia Fox on the front row, Sabrina Dhowre-Elba, Pixie Lott and Emma Watson were on-call to show their support this season. Meanwhile, just over 3,000 online voyeurs worldwide excitedly quipped in the comments of the YouTube livestream pre-show. ‘I want to be your husband, Daniel!’ said one, as others speculated who had received the prestigious invitation. ‘Is Julia Fox gonna be there?’ asked one, ‘Is CL [the K-Pop megastar] attending?’ said another. It was a no to Fox, a yes to CL, and there was even a royal appearance in the form of the Princess of Thailand, Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya, dressed in a double-denim ensemble from the house’s AW21 ready-to-wear line.
Photo: Vogue Runway
After guests took their seats and the lights of the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs were dimmed, the shadowy silhouette of Roseberry’s first look appeared, a My Fair Lady-esque nipped waist gown featuring bold shoulders and a deconstructed torso, which showcased the intricate boning of the silk corset beneath. As the model descended the velvet-adorned staircase, there was no question that unfathomable glamour was on the agenda for Schiaparelli this season. ‘This is the return of couture!’ said Editor, Richard Dennen.
Photo: Vogue Runway
Photo: Vogue Runway
This season, Roseberry returned to the very meaning of fashion for inspiration for his aptly named ‘Born Again’ collection. ‘All of us who work in fashion know that the rest of the world thinks that what we do is silly. It’s a boring criticism, and we all argue otherwise, but if you think about it, fashion is silly at times. It’s also provocative, upending, challenging and meaningful. It’s breathtaking. It’s beautiful,’ said the designer. High-brow fashion exemplar was certainly on offer, as embodied by supermodel and former Tatler cover star, Eva Herzigová, in a black velvet pencil skirt with outré cream silk sleeves that gathered like melting caramel. Elsewhere, pastel silk skirts were tucked neatly like the petals of a rose, creating bold and unabashedly glamorous shapes and voluminous hemlines. Speaking of flora, bouquets erupted from the busts of tailored jackets and corsets in an apparent explosion of flower-power-gone-fabulous. This was fashion personified.
Unbridled resplendence was the order of the day, with velvet gowns accentuated with ruched silk bustles, peaked bodices with deep navel-grazing necklines and a legion of models in marvellous millinery, as if off to Ascot on Planet Glam. Thick velvet chokers were a recurring theme, as were statement gold embellishments. Elsewhere in the collection, dresses masterfully created entirely of strands of pearls and beads made for a glittering affair of bijoux-as-bodywear.
Photo: Vogue Runway
Photo: Vogue Runway
Since Roseberry’s arrival at the house in 2019, the designer-extraordinaire has returned Schiaparelli to the forefront of fashion, creating ambitiously elegant designs brought to life through the guise of surrealist intellectualism. His signature beguiling riffs of seasons past were rife throughout today’s collection in the form breastplates à la SS21, decadently beaded boleros from AW21’s ‘Matador Couture’, and gilded gold accoutrements reminiscent of SS22’s jewellery-heavy ensembles. Today, the continuation of the house’s ‘toe-heels’ were yet another reminder of the weird and wonderful whimsy that transcends all things Schiaparelli.
Photo: Vogue Runway
Photo: Vogue Runway
Thanks to Roseberry, Paris Couture Week is off to a great start, having provided an unapologetically extravagant debut of the new season’s collections. So lace up your boots and button up your gowns because couture is back, baby! And Roseberry is the Zeitgeist.
Originally published in Tatler.com
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Nolan Gerard Funk Discusses Neckwear at Delvaux Party

Nolan Gerard Funk Discusses Neckwear at Delvaux Party

TIE SCORE: Nolan Gerard Funk dons some expensive designer suits — Dior, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana — for his role in the upcoming Netflix series “Partner Track,” about the interpersonal dynamics at a New York law firm. Neckties galore, too.
“It was funny because we were shooting in an actual office building, at a real law firm, on the 49th and 51st floors…and there would be people going back to work in the elevator. And they would always look at us and be like, ‘You’re in the show because we don’t wear ties anymore,’” the Canadian actor related with a chuckle.
Funk, who recently appeared in “Flight Attendant,” was among VIPs mingling in Palais-Royal, where Delvaux had set up an idyllic garden party outside its original Paris boutique. Fans were handed out, but a breeze kept revelers cool as they sipped martinis and rosé wine mixed with strawberry puree.

Dressed in a white linen jacket, Delvaux chief executive officer Jean-Marc Loubier greeted the likes of deejay Laura de Greef, creative director Fredrik Robertsson and French actress Gaïa Weiss, who recently appeared in a Delvaux campaign spotlighting its summery Canvas Story bags and totes.
Belgian musician Sylvie Kreusch capped off the evening with a performance.

Madelaine Petsch’s Paris Couture Week Diary

Madelaine Petsch’s Paris Couture Week Diary

Madelaine Petsch headed to Paris last week for her first proper visit, taking in the couture shows from Fendi, Dior and Elie Saab. Below, the “Riverdale” actress writes in with her highlights and shares a behind-the-scenes photo diary of getting ready for the Fendi show.How was the show?
“The Fendi show was breathtaking. It truly immersed me in the story and vision so seamlessly and had me waiting in anticipation for each look.”
What was your favorite look?
“This beautiful black shiny minidress with a huge train on the back, shiny black belt and embellished tights. It was so chic yet youthful.”
What did you wear to the show?
“I wore a long-sleeved turtleneck minidress in a neutral pallet of cream, warm browns and black with some brown knee-high boots and a mini wrist bag to complete the look.”

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What do you like about Fendi?
“Well, I’m such a huge fan of Kim Jones and I personally love Fendi because every time I put it on I feel powerful. But more so than that, it’s incredibly versatile. There’s Fendi for every occasion.”
What have you been up to since arriving in Paris?
“This is my first trip longer than a day to Paris, so in between shows I’ve been trying to immerse myself in the city to the best of my ability! I went to the catacombs, vintage shopping, the Musée d’Orsay and on a serious mission for vegan croissants.”
What’s the best thing you’ve eaten?
“Every morning I’ve been having the mango at my hotel; something about the lime zest and the mango here is out of control, I’ll genuinely miss it. Also, vegan croissants, always.”
What’s your best Parisian fashion memory?
“This was my first fashion trip to Paris AND my first shows with all three of the houses, so the entire week was incredibly memorable for me. Every show was so special. I started the week off on a high note with Dior. They had gorgeous embellishments and embroidery galore that was timeless and incredibly exciting to experience. Then, the beautiful Elie Saab show was so vibrant and filled with spring colors. It was fun and playful with striking silhouettes. The week went out with a bang in the form of the Fendi show. The entire show was such an experience, not to mention the attention to detail, the shoes (!!), and how unique the vision was. It was a true honor to attend all three shows and see each house’s unique visions come to life.”

A photo from Madelaine Petsch from behind the scenes of the Fendi couture show.

Pre-show glam.
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Madelaine Petsch readies for the Fendi couture show.

Madelaine Petsch readies for the Fendi couture show.

Madelaine Petsch readies for the Fendi couture show.

Madelaine Petsch behind the scenes of the Fendi couture show.

Madelaine Petsch ahead of the Fendi couture show.
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Madelaine Petsch shares behind the scenes of the Fendi couture show.

The 10 Best Looks from Zuhair Murad’s Pirate-Inspired Spring/Summer 2022 Haute Couture Collection

The 10 Best Looks from Zuhair Murad’s Pirate-Inspired Spring/Summer 2022 Haute Couture Collection

Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad continues to make people dream with his couture, and rightly so. As one of the Lebanese designers reeling from the loss of their ateliers wrecked by the Beirut blast in 2020, Murad sees his work as a hopeful balm on a world that was deprived of celebration. This season, his designs aim to uplift and spark joy by romanticizing the idea of travel and reemergence.
The couturier looked to pirates for inspiration, mainly, their sense of grandeur, freedom, confidence, and bravery, as they journeyed across the high seas centuries ago. Shoulders and dresses dripping with crystals and pearls evoked lost treasures, while some silhouettes gave a nod to navy officers’ jackets, and tricorne hats and silk headbands further enriched the concept. In true Zuhair Murad fashion, his signature flowy dresses with daring slits and Bardot necklines were present too, but patterned with island maps, and embroidered with ships. A closer look at the carefully embroidered sequins on some of the dresses would reveal their emulation of grid lines on a map and the constellations pirates looked up to for navigating the seas. Red carpet-worthy and party-appropriate numbers also came in the form of statement gowns and mini dresses made with luxurious and sensual fabrics like organza, lamé, light-reflecting tulle, brocade, and chiffon.
Take a look at the best pieces from Zuhair Murad’s SS22 couture collection below.
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2022 couture
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EXCLUSIVE: Rianna + Nina Opens First Outpost in Paris’ Palais Royale

EXCLUSIVE: Rianna + Nina Opens First Outpost in Paris’ Palais Royale

COLOR POP: Berlin-based brand Rianna + Nina opened their doors to a boutique in the heart of Paris on Wednesday.Housed in a former art gallery, the bright minimalist bones showcase the duo’s colorful maximalist style, which has been featured on “And Just Like That” and “Emily in Paris” in recent weeks.
“It’s the first time we can really show our Rianna and Nina world, because what we were missing so far — of course we love to work with Bergdorf’s, A’maree’s and all our retailers — but it’s always just one rack,” Nina Kuhn told WWD.
The former fashion executive is one half of the dynamic duo that created the line eight years ago in Berlin, along with costume designer and vintage collector Rianna Kounou.

The brand has previously hosted its Paris Fashion Week showroom on the square. “Here we can do whatever we want. We don’t have to wait for buyers, we can just do it and present it. The space gives us more flexibility to try new things,” Kuhn added. “The client can not just explore our fashion, but it was really important to also show a variety of products and to have this cabinet de curiosite so they can always find something new, little bracelets, scarves, belts.”

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A wall of windows grants expansive views on the Palais Royale — the boutique has the biggest retail space on the square — let in lots of light, while the eclectic mix of objects adds a shock of energy that catches the eye of passersby.
The Rianna + Nina ethos is upcycling vintage finds, but luxe-cycling might be a better term for their one-of-a-kind wares, which include a jacket crafted from a vintage rug from Uzbekistan, a Japanese kimono and Chanel bouclé brought together on 120-year-old machines. The eclectic mix makes for an electrifying piece.
The cuff bracelets made with vintage brooches and limited-edition bags featured on the “Sex and the City” revival are on display, alongside odd objects picked up on their travels — old sewing bobbins in every color of the rainbow, for example.

Inside Rianna + Nina.
Jerome Galland

Amongst the other goodies: Handwoven throw blankets from Greece, chunky vintage jewelry form Dior, Lacroix and Yves Saint Laurent, Greek wedding pins, vintage silk scarves, an ancient table runner transformed into an embroidered evening wrap.
The brand’s bestselling BonBon bags — updated with woven handles — are on display, and they created a tote exclusively for the store featuring handmade Uzbek tapestry lined in their unique prints. Both the recent collection and their Archive collection, which features mix-and-match fabrics from past seasons and reproductions of some of their most popular prints, is on offer.
Kounou and Kuhn envision adding pieces to a collection of ever-changing artworks. For the launch, Portuguese artist Bela Silva created sculptures and planters for the shop, and Kounou’s own hand-painted lamps are also on display.
As for making their new home in the City of Light instead of their home base of Berlin? “Berlin is not as international as the brand is. We love Paris, we come here often, we have our showroom here for fashion week,” said Kuhn. “When we talked about having a store, we always said, ‘It has to be Paris.’”

Lebanese Designers Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, and More to Hold Shows at Upcoming Paris Couture Week

Lebanese Designers Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, and More to Hold Shows at Upcoming Paris Couture Week

Zuhair Murad SS20 Couture. Photo: Filippo Fior / Gorunway.com
Lebanese label Zuhair Murad is set to take part in and bring its FW21 collection to Paris Couture Week. Taking place in the French capital next month, the event marks a return of physical shows after two seasons of digital presentations. Eight runway events will be held by a select group of eight labels, with a limited number of invite-only guests, according to the provisional calendar published by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode on Monday.
Other Lebanese labels, such Georges Hobeika, worn by Jennifer Lopez; Elie Saab, worn by Emma Stone; and Maison Rabih Kayrouz, worn by Céline Dion by are also set to hold virtual shows.
The in-person event, which will run between Monday, July 5 and Thursday, July 8, will also host other designers’ catwalk displays, including Dior, Azzaro Couture, Chanel, Giorgio Armani Prive, Jean Paul Gaultier and Vaishali S. Balenciaga will also make a comeback to haute couture after 53 years with an in-person show at its historic headquarters at 10 Avenue Georges V on July 7 at 11:30 am.
Elie Saab SS21 photographed by Anthony Arquier for Vogue Arabia
A further 25 brands, including Fendi, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab and Viktor & Rolf, are sticking with live-streamed virtual presentations despite relaxed Covid-19 restrictions. France will allow indoor dining from June 9, and will fully lift its curfew on June 30.
Also sure to bring enthusiasm is Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, who will present his first couture collection in Paris as an invited guest designer of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. He will close the week with a digital show on July 8 at 8 pm, becoming the first African American designer to join the couture schedule.
While not part of the calendar, Maison Alaia, founded by the late Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaïa, will also make a long-awaited runway return under new designer Pieter Mulier next month. It will take place a day before the start of Paris Couture Week.
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