PARIS - Haute couture shows are often celebrity circuses.

But rarely does the front row presence upstage a show, as reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend, musician Kanye West, did during Stephane Rolland's rather predictable fall-winter 2012 offering.

The couple's entrance and exit triggered a crowd that spilled out into the street. A woman and a young girl were shoved to the side during the media mayhem.

But the celebrity presence at the show is no great surprise. The French designer — responsible for singer Cheryl Cole's red-and-white mermaid dress at the Cannes Film Festival — has been courting stars for several seasons now.

Last season, Yasmin Le Bon was Rolland's muse. In this show, he went east and chose Chinese actress Fan Bing-Bing.

With the celebrity hullabaloo, fashion insiders momentarily forgot the reason they came: the clothes.

Rolland repeated much of what he created last season, with long crepe de chine and satin evening dresses with heavy draping.

The main difference was that while last season he used vivid colours, this season his winter palette was muted in black, white and caramel.

The trains and long capes in many of the ensembles — again — floated past giving the models a Supergirl silhouette. But the lack of new ideas made the show feel more like a diluted superhero sequel.

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  • With Family, October 1995

    With Khloe, Kourtney, Bruce Jenner, Kris and Robert.

  • With Kourtney, August 2005

  • With Ray J, March 2006

  • June 2006

  • With Paris Hilton, June 2006

  • July 2006

  • September 2006

  • November 2006

  • March 2007

  • July 2007

  • October 2008

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  • October 2008

  • December 2008

  • December 2008

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  • April 2009

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  • With Brittny Gastineau, June 2009

  • With Reggie Bush, June 2009

  • July 2009

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  • August 2009

  • September 2009

  • October 2009

  • November 2009

  • February 2010

  • With Kourtney, March 2010

  • March 2010

  • June 2010

  • August 2010

  • August 2010

  • September 2010

  • September 2010

  • October 2010

  • October 2010

  • WithKylie, Khloe, Kourtney and Kendall, January 2011

  • January 2011

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  • February 2011

  • March 2011

  • April 2011

  • June 2011

  • August 2011

  • With Kris Humphries, August 2011

  • September 2011

  • September 2011

  • October 2011

  • October 2011

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