FRENCH TOUCH: YSL Beauté is adding to its constellation of star spokesmen. According to sources, the brand has tapped French actor Vincent Cassel to front an upcoming Yves Saint Laurent men’s fragrance, which will bow in the spring. The brand also has Olivier Martinez on its beauty books as the face of L’Homme Yves Saint Laurent. Cassel, who has starred in movies including “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Elizabeth” and “La Haine,” shot an advertising campaign for the scent earlier this month in Paris. The actor, whose latest project — two films based on the life of gangster Jacques Mesrine — will hit theatres this month, is married to Italian actress (and Dior spokeswoman) Monica Bellucci.

HIP INSPIRES DESIGN: L’Oréal Paris helped support the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund by assisting in sponsoring a design challenge that calls for 10 designer finalists to create a fashion piece by using L’Oréal’s HIP High Intensity Pigments Shadow Duo as a design motivation. The designers were instructed to create the items based on the theme “Nature’s Duality of Color” and to draw inspiration from one of 10 HIP shades. To help create the design, L’Oréal Paris presented each designer with a customized HIP Inspiration Box, which contained a signature HIP butterfly, as well as $15,000 from L’Oréal Paris to cover the cost of materials and production. The designs were unveiled at Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s West Village home on Wednesday.

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