FRENCH CONNECTION: French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, Roman Polanski’s wife, is expected to make an appearance at the cocktail party to inaugurate the new Yves Saint Laurent store on Via Montenapoleone. Tom Ford is hosting the bash Thursday.

VALLEY TALK: Is something up between contemporary designer Alvin Valley and Bill Blass? Valley, who’s based in SoHo, has been seen several times leaving the Blass showroom at 550 Seventh Avenue, most recently on Monday morning when he left with a serious look on his face. Valley’s visits have some observers wondering whether he is talking to Blass management about a position. Valley had no comment, but a Blass spokeswoman confirmed that he had a meeting with chief executive Michael Groveman. "Alvin called him to set up the meeting," she said, declining to divulge what they spoke about.

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