BODY LANGUAGE: Sure the steamy, boudoir clothes at Yves Saint Laurent onMonday night grabbed attention. But all eyes also were trained on François Pinault, majority shareholder of Gucci Group, to see how he might react to Tom Ford’s latest creations amid the endless speculation that Ford and Gucci Group boss Domenico De Sole could bolt next year if their autonomy isn’t honored by Pinault. After the show, Pinault sped backstage and embraced Ford warmly. It was a Kodak moment. Those looking for clues earlier in the day were interested to see Pinault and De Sole flank to flank in the front row at Stella McCartney. They smiled for photos and chatted. What about? "We talked about a lot of things," De Sole said. "We’re friends. We’re not enemies."

QUICK-CHANGE ARTIST: Maryvonne Pinault, wife of François Pinault, is a hyper-discreet presence on the fashion scene, shunning publicity and dressing in quiet fashions. But she attended Stella McCartney and Chanel back-to-back Monday morning in completely different outfits. "No, it’s not what you think," she said later at Yves Saint Laurent, explaining the switch from a burgundy dress to black leather jacket in under an hour. "Really, it’s just that I live close by, and I was cold."

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