PARIS — Paris Couture Week, which begins today, is back to its usual length after tacking on an extra day last season, but with its momentum intact as luxury leaders report a steady return of high spenders to the French capital.
The number of hotel arrivals in the Greater Paris region reached a record 23.1 million in 2017, with tourist numbers expected to rise by 10 to 12 percent versus 2016, a year strongly affected by the aftermath of terrorist attacks, according to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“The outlook for 2018 indicates that this dynamic is set to continue,” it said.

“Coco Forever”: A sketch by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel’s spring haute couture collection. 
Courtesy/Karl Lagerfeld

The bureau made its prediction last month before a high-profile armed robbery at the Ritz Paris hotel and it was unclear whether the incident has had an impact on reservations.
Couture clients are expected to flock to the usual round of high-jewelry presentations, as well as events such as Christian Dior’s masked ball, due to be held at the Rodin Museum on Monday, and an exhibition devoted to Azzedine Alaïa, whose death in November left the fashion industry reeling.
Capping off the season will be Thursday’s Sidaction gala, the

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