IN TUNE: The front row at Dior Tuesday night was a veritable musical medley, with Janet Jackson, Kanye West and Emmy Rossum among the VIPs. “This is dope,” offered West, gazing up at the majestic glass dome of the Grand Palais.” Rossum, with her operatic and acting background, couldn’t resist a musical analogy to explain the difference in character of smaller New York fashion shows versus big Parisian ones. “It’s like comparing a Broadway show to the opera. This is grand opera.” The Metropolitan Opera-trained performer, who has been snapping up vintage designs around the city and pistachio macaroons at Ladurée, will introduce a debut solo album in the spring. “It will be soft pop but not bubble gum,” she said. Monica Bellucci, meanwhile, just wrapped up filming “Shoot ‘Em Up” with director Michael Davis in Toronto. “It’s a crazy rock ’n’ roll thriller,” she said of the film, due out in 2007. “It’s violent of course, but funny.” Later, many of the Dior guests made their way to the Pompidou Museum to see the new Yves Klein exhibition, sponsored by LVMH. “It’s very Klein, isn’t it?” Laudomia Pucci said, stroking her vivid blue fur collar. Although black predominated among this fancy crowd – peopled by the likes of Charlotte Casiraghi, Marisa Berenson and Robert Wilson – no one stood out more than Victoire de Castellane, in an eye-popping Azzedine Alaia dress and matching blue stockings. Not everyone was feeling blue though. “I liked the rose (paintings),” Rossum mused. “Although I must say, I do prefer Degas.”
BLUE BLOOD: Although parent Tommy Hilfiger Corp. put the kibosh on his New York-based contemporary label earlier this year, Karl Lagerfeld has yet to get blue jeans and T-shirts out of his system. Backstage at his signature show on Wednesday morning, Lagerfeld revealed he’s launching a jeans line next season. “I’m an H&M person,” he said, referring to his blockbuster 2004 collaboration with the Swedish fast-fashion retailer, which brought Lagerfeld to the masses. He said the name of the label has yet to be determined, but it could just be just Karl Lagerfeld. “I’m tired of complicated names,” he said.
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