HE WANTS TO BE A PART OF IT: England swings, but so does New York. Which is why Alexander McQueen plans to spend a great deal of time here in the next three months. McQueen will arrive in town on Wednesday to look for a short-term rental. He’ll then focus on developing his U.S. business and will also collaborate on a creative project with his friend Steven Klein. If that sounds a tad cryptic, well, those artistic types like to retain a sense of mystery.

JEWELRY BOX: Marie-Helene de Taillac cut the ribbon on her first jewelry boutique Sunday night in Paris at the end of fashion week. “We only finished the boutique’s final touches Saturday,” she said. But by Monday, business was already booming. “We have already had a great deal of customers from all over Europe,” she said. “So far, so good.”

CULTURAL EXCHANGE: Last Friday, while Bernard Arnault was on his way to Japan for the opening of a Louis Vuitton-sponsored art exhibit, Vuitton honcho Yves Carcelle hosted a rare performance of Kabuki theatre in Paris. While it didn’t have quite the frenzy of a fashion show attended by Nicole Kidman, Japanese fans pushed their way to take snapshots of their national heroes. Carcelle noted that Vuitton sponsors numerous cultural events in Asia. “And we bring them a lot of goods, too!” he quipped. Meanwhile, behind his sunglasses, guest Gilles Dufour was checking out the fashion scene. “It’s funny to see ladies in kimono and others in Chanel,” he said.

COLD FRONT: Although perched in the front row at many Paris shows, burlesque queen Dita Von Teese, aka Marilyn Manson’s fiancée, had her upcoming wedding on her mind. It might be at a friend’s castle in Ireland in February or March. “I think I might wear Vivienne Westwood for the ceremony and Roland Mouret for the party,” she said at Nina Ricci on Saturday. Certainly she’s ruled out all the spring collections she’s been taking in. “We prefer winter dressing: stockings, dark colors,” she explained. “Summertime for us is planning our outfits for the winter.”

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