GATHERING MOSS: After 40 years, the Rolling Stones still can’t get no satisfaction but they sure can give it. The veteran rockers gave three concerts in Paris last week that offered fans from Jack Nicholson to Suzy Menkes a little jumpin’-jack-flash alternative to the quieter diversions of the couture. But the highlight was Friday’s show in the intimate Olympia theater. Bill Clinton was among the 2,000 fans wild horses couldn’t drag away. And the after party at trendy nightclub and restaurant La Suite had le tout-Paris vying for invitations.

Dora and Manfredi della Gheradesca, Princess Olga of Greece, Johnny Pigozzi, Daphne Guinness, Larry Gagosian, Tom Stoppard, Alexis de Rede, Christian Louboutin, Sebastian Guinness and a bevy of leggy beauties made the cut.

WILD BOYS…AND GIRLS: It was a no-holds-barred concert Tuesday night when Duran Duran took the stage at the 500-seat Roxy in Hollywood for their first U.S. show in 18 years. Within the first few bars, the band had hardcore fans like Gwen Stefani and Christina Applegate jumping up and down, fists in the air and mouthing the lyrics. Stefani’s No Doubt bandmates and husband, Gavin Rossdale, as well as Kirsty Hume, Donovan Leitch and Nicholas Cage were piled into the small VIP area, too, where clearly holding court were the Juicy Couture gals Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Taylor — who’s married to bassist John Taylor — along with pals retailer Tracey Ross and costume designer-producer Susan Becker. Not only have the old hits (peppered with potential new ones from the upcoming album) hold up, so have the fab five — without the lipstick and satin sashes thankfully. They play a sold-out show at the Hard Rock Las Vegas this Saturday.

BICOASTAL BAYOU: Following his Hollywood debut last month, Halston’s new designer Bradley Bayou brought his fall custom-order collection to Saks Fifth Avenue in New York this week for a trunk show and luncheon for a very different crowd. In L.A., it was film types like Jennifer Todd, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cheri Oteri and Peter Sarsgaard; in New York, it was the society-cum-fashion crew including Emilia Fanjul, Samantha Gregory, Helen Lee Schifter and Natalie Leeds, plus stylist Susan Moses, who livened up a tame crowd in blue jeans and a bright pink blouse.“I feel like Reese Witherspoon,” Moses said.

“This was more quiet and much more New York,” said Bayou, who seemed confident in either element. “I knew Helen Schifter from way back when she was at Mademoiselle, and Samantha Gregory is friends with my sister.”

New York is all about connections, after all, which, for Halston, turned into a successful trunk show. By Wednesday, Bayou had sold several black velvet suits, a green double-chiffon dress and a black leather bustier with a brown satin skirt to a Japanese tourist who was shopping for something to wear to a wedding.

STYLE MANUAL: Is one born with elegance, or can it be learned from a book? First-time novelist Kathleen Tessaro votes for auto-didacticism in “Elegance,” which concerns an unhappy thirtysomething who turns her life around through the instructions found in a slim volume discovered in a used book store, one also called “Elegance” (and based on a real-life version by Genevieve Dariaux). Soon she’s working out, dressing better, and otherwise reinventing herself. If it sounds like the template for another Bridget Jones franchise, maybe it is. Tessaro’s already sold the option on the book to Scott Free Productions, owned by director brothers Ridley and Tony Scott. Tessaro herself was in Manhattan Tuesday night hosting an improvised reading and signing at the Club Monaco flagship. While the young crowd shopped around her, Tessaro displayed her new Emmanuel Ungaro purse with some disapproval — it had a rhinestone “eU” logo stuck to its side. “The temptation now is to buy an identity,” she said. “Jesus, look at the Burberrys and the Pradas!”

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