MON AMI SAPERSTEIN: “You are great friends of France,” eulogized couturier Pierre Cardin Wednesday evening as he decorated Suzanne and David Saperstein chevaliers of the arts and letters for their “services rendered to the image of France.” Suzanne then surprised the audience by thanking the country for the honors while praising its culture — in French. “I stayed up all night translating it from English on my very own,” she said. “We’re really very touched.” The billionaire couple employed legions of French artisans for the construction of their 45,000-square-foot Los Angeles estate, an ode to the chateaux of France. They then furnished the mini Versailles at Paris’ top antiquaries, many of whom, including Maurice Segoura, Anne-Marie Monin and Guy Ladriere, attended the post-ceremony banquet at the Crillon hotel. The total cost of the estate is said to have exceeded $100 million. Since most of it filled French bank accounts, it’s no wonder the country loves the Sapersteins. To boot, Suzanne is one of the top couture clients. And of course, she wore couture for the festivities: a stunning beaded black dress with a smoking jacket by Scherrer’s couturier, Stephane Roland, who also attended.

FOUR-WHEEL DISCOUNT: Who said fashionistas aren’t crazy? A fashion-hungry burglar smashed his car through the window of Jean Paul Gaultier’s shop on Paris’ Avenue Georges V late Friday evening, racing off with nine pieces of men’s clothing. Police made hot pursuit and captured the bandit near the Place de Clichy, later returning the clothes to the store. But it wasn’t the first such incident in Paris this year. Fashion kamikazes have already burgled Gianfranco Ferré’s neighboring shop twice.

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