END OF AN ERA: Amid the good-byes, some of the Yves Saint Laurent Couture "petites mains" were proudly, yet sadly, working their sewing machines in the atelier atop 5 YSL Avenue Marceau, the fabled couture house that was shuttered Thursday.

Yves Saint Laurent, looking relaxed, remained to experience the last hours among his staff in the atelier where he had worked for more than four decades. While most of the house was already in boxes, Saint Laurent’s workspace was untouched, cluttered with photos and other mementos from his career.

When asked how he felt, he said: "I am much more at peace now," and added he has "no regrets. I am not sad — just nostalgic."

In summing up his raison d’être, Saint Laurent explained: "I always served women and I did it without compromise until the end, with respect and love."

At 1 p.m. Saint Laurent left the premises for the last time, his faithful dog, Moujik, in tow.

THE KID GETS HITCHED: Bob Evans, the leather-faced, sotto-voiced movie mogul currently making a comeback in Hollywood, has decided to give marriage another shot. He’s tying the knot this weekend in Ixtapa, Mexico, with Leslie Ann Woodward, the blond former Versace model whom he’s been seeing for a few months. Perhaps the sixth time will be a charm?

MONTBLANC’S WINDOW-DRESSING: Rather than dress its windows this season with holiday images, Montblanc is taking a more theatrical approach. The Richemont-owned company has teamed up with a designer behind Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s "La Boheme" on Broadway, one of the most hotly anticipated shows of the season, to develop windows for its 49 stores around the country and Canada. Created by Catherine Martin, who has been working with Luhrmann for more than a decade and is designing the sets and costumes for the new "La Boheme," the windows, set to debut in mid-November, will interweave scenes from the show with items from Montblanc’s aptly named La Boheme collection of pens and La Vie de Boheme of leather goods, a relatively new line. Marion Davis, senior vice president of marketing at Montblanc said she has been impressed with Luhrmann’s work, and approached the producers about working together on the windows."We are great patrons of the art and it’s wonderful that it has the same names," said Davis, who noted that the inspiration behind Montblanc’s La Boheme collection is drawn from the opera.

BAUER FORGES AHEAD: Forget its Ford Expedition. Eddie Bauer used a canoe and a few Lewis & Clark look-alikes to plug its brand on the streets of Boston Monday. As the sponsor of National Geographic’s new IMAX film "Lewis and Clark," Eddie Bauer helped drum up some hype for its debut last night there. Pairs of men dressed like Merriwether Lewis and William Clark toted a canoe around downtown, chatting up strangers and paying parking meters as a symbol of the coins the real explorers gave to natives as a sign of peace.

HOSER COUTURE: Leave it to the French to come up with a luxury alternative to the foam can cooler. Pommery tapped couturier Maurizio Galante to design a miniature down ski-style jacket for its Pop sipping champagne. The cooler comes complete with a miniature clothing hanger and a carrying strap. The novelty item goes on sale at Le Bon Marche and other stores next month for $29. Just don’t get the little coolie-coat dirty. In couture tradition, it’s not machine washable.

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