FILM BUFF: Tom Ford may be studying up on filmmaking for his post-fashion career, but could his Gucci Group stablemate Stella McCartney beat him to the box office? Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein was in McCartney’s front row Sunday morning and said, “I’d love for Stella to design a film for me — costumes, everything. Maybe a musical,” he said, noting he owns the film rights to “Pippin” and “Damn Yankees.” In Paris shooting scenes for “The Big Raid,” a World War II drama starring Benjamin Bratt and Joseph Fiennes, Weinstein also turned up at shows later in the day, including Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. As for McCartney, Weinstein said he’s known her since she was eight years old, and admires her vision: “She’s on the cutting edge and she knows what young people want today.”

TURNING BACK TIME: “I’m exhausted,” Pierre Bergé confessed Friday night as guests poured into the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé Foundation and its inaugural exhibition, “Dialogue With Art.” “We were putting the final touches in place until 2 a.m. last night,” Bergé sighed. “I’m relieved. It’s done.” For many members of the extended Saint Laurent family who attended, including Catherine Deneuve, Alber Elbaz and Betty Catroux, the exhibit was a walk down memory lane. “This is really the best of what he did,” commented Deneuve of the dresses inspired by Mondrian, Picasso and Matisse. “These dresses are burned into my memory,” added the couturier’s mother, Lucienne Saint Laurent. But Catroux, Saint Laurent’s androgynous muse, said she felt a bit left out. “There’s not one smoking suit. Only dresses,” she sniffed. “They’re beautiful, but this exhibit has nothing to do with my chapter at Yves Saint Laurent.” Meanwhile, YSL’s new owner, Francois-Henri Pinault, and PPR chairman Serge Weinberg, received a guided tour by Bergé. Pinault said the foundation perpetuated the brand’s aura. “It’s an homage that is well deserved,” he offered.

WHO DUNNIT? Surprise! A big bouquet of helium-filled balloons arrived at Domenico De Sole’s hotel room at the Ritz late last week. Trouble was, he wasn’t there to receive them. And when housekeeping came in to air his room, out went the balloons — and the card. The Gucci Group chief has been chatting up his front-row fans to see who did the good deed, but to no avail. If you have any information, please call 1-800-DOM-BAL-LOONTHE CAT’S MEOW: “They’re going to kill us!” model Frankie Rayder screeched backstage after Michael Kors did his swan song show for Celine and the paparazzi came barreling toward them. “Be positive. It’s a picture. Just smile,” Kors advised Rayder, the only model to walk in all 13 Celine shows under his direction. The designer related the incident at his comparatively low-key after party at Pershing Hall — where he posed for pictures with admirers and contemplated what he’s going to do with all his new free time. “Now that I’m not commuting, I’m going to learn how to use the computer!” he said, sheepishly admitting he doesn’t know how to send e-mail. “And pets. I’m getting pets.” More specifically, Kors will be flying to Georgia to claim two Cornish Rexes. “They have curly hair and huge ears,” he said. And they will travel in style. Kors confessed he dropped a bundle at Hermés for two kitty carrying cases that positively purr luxury.

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