The rock star who used to be known as Prince had more security on the Saturday night Concorde flight to Paris than a head of state. The plane was held for five minutes to allow the rocker’s crew to get on last. Prince (or whatever he goes by these days) spent the entire flight sketching and writing in his spiral notebook, while an aide sitting behind him sharpened his pencils. He turned down all food — a wise move since the quality has declined — and his only nourishment the whole trip was a Tootsie Roll Pop.
Upon arrival, Air France personnel were lined up at the gate to greet him — or just to get a look. If you ever want to smuggle anything into France, give it to Prince. He swept through customs like Francois Mitterrand.
Danielle Mitterrand will not be attending the couture shows this season. She has just had heart surgery and is recovering. And, for the first time ever, France Dimanche has reported on hubby Francois’s romantic affairs, saying that he has a long-time mistress and has a child by her. n The designing duo is at it again. Wednesday night Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace will team up for Italian TV to repeat their couture duet from last season. This time it will air on Silvio Berlusconi’s private network, Canale Cinque, instead of the publicly owned RAI Uno. Each will be interviewed and will present highlights from his collection.
The newest addition to the couture catwalks? Mommies. This couture season will see the return of Kristen McMenamy, Stephanie Seymour, Nadege and Beverly Peele, all of whom recently had kids. And then there was the slew of other models who simply looked pregnant.
Meanwhile, the garden at The Ritz was hotter than ever. On Sunday, you could see Oscar de la Renta at a table that included Jayne Wrightsman, Deeda Blair, Grace Dudley and Alexis de Rede. Also spotted were Sylvester Stallone, Claude and Wallis Montana, Kyle MacLachlan and Linda Evangelista and Azzedine Alaia. For the more fitness-minded, the meeting place is the Ritz gym, where Oscar worked out next to Janice Dickinson. The sad part is, Oscar reported, Janice’s biceps are twice as big as his.