BERNARD DOES MOSCOW: Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is skulking around Moscow on a secret trip, touring GUM galleria with the owners of Jamilco, proprietor of Moscow’s Dior and Hermès boutiques, and Bosco, proprietor of Moscow’s Givenchy and Kenzo boutiques. The Russian rumor mill has LVMH opening its own Louis Vuitton store — Russia’s first — in Moscow at the end of the year.
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FOR DENISE: Karl Lagerfeld perfectly captures the flaming hair and winning smile of Denise Dubois in his sketch of the former director of external relations at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. It graces invitations that arrived Wednesday for an upcoming party in honor of Dubois, who was asked to retire from the Chambre in March after more than three decades on the job. American editors and others had protested her exit with a letter-writing campaign during the ready-to-wear shows last March, but to no avail. Hosted by representatives from most major Paris houses, the fete takes place at the restaurant Tanjia in Paris on June 11.
HOLD YOUR HORSES: “It’s too early to make speculations,” said Philipp Wolff, a spokesman for Hugo Boss AG, Wednesday, regarding the snowballing buzz about what led to Marty Staff’s paid administrative leave as chief executive officer of its American subsidiary, Hugo Boss USA, as well as that of chief financial officer Vincent Ottomanelli. “The company is involved in the normal process of an investigation and is not accusing anybody of anything until the investigation is concluded,” Wolff added.TO CATCH A THIEF: Jewelers on Place Vendôme and adjacent Rue de la Paix in Paris are on high-security alert after a series of dramatic jewel heists. Within the last week, two shops have been robbed during business hours, though no customers were hurt. On Saturday, two men made off with about $5.5 million in jewelry after they set off a tear-gas grenade in the shop, according to Paris police. Two armed men hit a jeweler on the Rue de la Paix late Tuesday afternoon, making off with about $275,000 worth of gems. No suspects have been arrested, but police have beefed up security in the area, which counts jewelers such as Boucheron, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Christian Dior.
BABY BOOM: The house of Emanuel Ungaro will launch its first clothing collection for toddlers at next month’s Pitti Bimbo fair in Florence. Labeled “I Love Ungaro,” the line caters to children up to three years old. But since they do grow up fast, a larger offering for children up to 15 is already in the works.