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.

CAT IN THE PINK: Pink Head — Hello Kitty and Tarina Tarantino’s landmark collaboration —marked its launch by raising more than $10,000 for People for Children, the nonprofit group pop singer Ricky Martin founded to fight human trafficking. Hello Kitty herself attended last month’s party at Hello Kitty-ed out Vida restaurant in Los Feliz in all her fuzzy character glory, as did members of the neo-cabaret act The Pussycat Dolls and singer Macy Gray, among the 350 guests. Tarantino and her team embellished two bicycles in Swarovski crystals and vintage resin flowers — one raffled off, the other auctioned and “won” by celebrity makeup artist Sharon Gault for $1,000. Also for sale, with proceeds benefiting Martin’s group, were jewelry and accessories from the Pink Head line, from the $65 pink-haired Hello Kitty cameos to the $350 soft leather purse of the altered icon, who celebrates her 30th anniversary next year.EAST MEETS WEST: Vivienne Tam is serving up some style at the Mandarin Oriental, the luxe hotel that is part of the Time Warner development at Columbus Circle.

The designer provided a customized silk charmeuse evening gown with origami-type pleats, caviar black beading and an antique jade piece for a fashion package that was auctioned for charity during Monday’s opening night gala. Fred Leighton earrings worn by Nicole Kidman at the Oscars, a $10,000 Christian Dior ring, and an Hermès bag round out the bounty.

Tam designed the new location’s fan, which is displayed in the lobby and will be used as a logo for the New York property. Over the years, the Mandarin has had celebrities, writers and artists create fans for its other locations.

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