Alaïa, who became the darling of French fashion in the 1970s, designs beautiful body-hugging clothing. If you can’t afford the current collection, try the outlet shop around the corner at 18 rue de la Verrerie ([tel] 01-42-72-83-19; closed at lunchtime), where last season’s leftovers are sold at serious discounts. There’s a second (full price) boutique at 5 rue de Marignan in the 8th arrond.