Stephanie Wards Off the Autumn Chill with a Batch of Beaus

updated 11/12/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/12/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

As always, Paris was all aflutter during the fall fashion season. But it wasn't so much the hemlines that commanded attention as it was the peregrinations of a certain Christian Dior assistant—namely Princess Stephanie of Monaco. The Princess has been trying on boyfriends like so many ready-to-wear gowns, without, apparently, finding one that fits.

It started last August when the 19-year-old Stephanie discarded a warm, comfortable item—Paul Belmondo, actor Jean-Paul's son, who consoled her in the months after her mother's death—to slip into something more daring: the embrace of Anthony Delon, bad-boy son of actor Alain. Belmondo graciously—if ostentatiously—announced the split in a press release.

Delon, a budding leather manufacturer, proved to be just the thing for September: Stephanie sported his designer leathers and got a short haircut that matched his. But by the end of the month they weren't speaking; she had reportedly caught on to the publicity-hungry Delon's habit of leaking their evening itinerary to the paparazzi.

Then for a spell, it appeared that Stephanie had adopted a racy look, having been linked—socially, at least—to France's Formula One Grand Prix driving champion, Alain Prost. Stephanie was photographed at a race in Monza, Italy where she met the 29-year-old driver and later the two discoed into the night. The handsome, curly-haired Prost is friendly with Stephanie's family, but he can't really be considered a beau: He is married and the father of a child. His interest in Stephanie, Paris Match suggested gallantly, is "paternal."

Stephanie's most recent fashion accessory was dark, handsome Stéphane Labelle, 22, one of Delon's models. Labelle, son of a shoe manufacturer, squired Stephanie on several occasions and then dropped out of the picture.

Remarkably, Stephanie has even been seen unescorted, as she was at a dinner party for her boss, Dior designer Marc Bohan. While older sister Caroline hobnobbed with Rudolf Nureyev and model Marisa Berenson, Stephanie remained on the sidelines and tried uncomfortably to halt the southward progress of her snug, strapless cocktail dress. As ever, journalists took notes. There's one feature that will never be out of fashion for the Monegasque miss: the permanent press.

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