BLACKOUT: Color in springtime? Who needs it? That seems to be the case in Paris, where stars attending this week’s Paris Film Festival are rediscovering the power of the little black dress. On opening night, Monica Bellucci, star of Frederic Schoendoerffer’s “Secret Agents,” showed off her curves in a sliver of silk by Christian Dior, while Elsa Zylberstein made her entrance on Karl Lagerfeld’s arm in a black satin Chanel. Charlize Theron was attending the French premier of “Monster” in another part of town, but she got the fashion memo: She went for a sleek a black Dior number, topped with a black leather jacket. The festival closes Tuesday.

WEK THIS WAY: For boosters of Los Angeles Fashion Week, the sight Tuesday night of a bona fide supermodel on a runway served as another sign of validation for the fledgling showcase. And the packed house showed its appreciation, loudly, when out walked Alek Wek, along with five other models flown in from New York for the Custo Barcelona presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios. An L.A.-runway first for the quirky Spanish brand, which introduced the collection in New York, the show sent photographers into a flashing frenzy by attracting the week’s first substantial batch of celebs — Taryn Manning, Jack Osbourne, Djimon Hounsou, Amy Smart and Nicky Hilton. “I used to do the little downtown shows here years ago, and I can’t believe how far they’ve come,” gushed model-turned-actress Jennifer Gimenez. But designer Custo Dalmau, who hits town every couple of months, has more on his mind than advancing the runway cause: He’s set to decide on one of three locations under consideration for the brand’s first Los Angeles door. “If we are lucky, we will open a store here by September,” promises Dalmau.

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