None of his Sidwell Friends classmates ever doubted that David Narva would end up in the fashion business. He was the first to own a Gucci belt and a Cartier watch -- acquiring them both when he was 12.

Now he's the owner of two YSL Rive Gauche boutiques in California, one on Rodeo Drive and the other in Palm Springs. Nancy Reagan's pal Betsy Bloomingdale is a customer, says Narva, who also sells clothes that are worn on the television series "Dynasty." But his best customer is his mother, Rose Narva, managing director of the Hay-Adams.

Many American buyers at the Paris shows wore two watches, one showing the local time and one set with the hour back at the office. "Watches have become another form of jewelry. For me it is like wearing two bracelets," said Aniko Gaal of Garfinckel's, who wears two watches in Washington as well.

Harold Mindel of Potomac, Md., is the classiest newsboy in Paris. The Winston Churchill High School and Kalamazoo College graduate has been peddling Women's Wear Daily and W magazine at the Paris showings. The reward, besides a good salary and commission: a chance to see all the shows. His favorites have been the Montana and Enrico Coveri collections, and the glow-in-the-dark shirts at Gaultier.