RED ALERT: Could Nicole Kidman and Baz Luhrmann, two Australians who made magic together with “Moulin Rouge,” be ready for a small-screen encore? Word has it Chanel is zeroing in on a deal with Luhrmann to direct Kidman in a television commercial for a Chanel fragrance. Kidman has been in talks to become the new face of the luxury brand.

WHAT’S COOKING? Plenty of fashion deals have been hatched at Azzedine Alaïa’s dinner table. So could Diego Della Valle be cooking up one to have Alaïa design leather jackets for his high-flying Tod’s brand? Della Valle, who plans to expand his apparel offering after launching a leather jacket this fall, told WWD last week he wants to work with “the best designers in the world.” He declined to elaborate, but didn’t flinch when Alaïa’s name was mentioned as a possibility. Lo and behold, the Tod’s chief was among guests at a dinner Alaïa hosted Friday night in honor of Peggy Moffitt of Rudi Gernreich fame. Not that Alaïa was the only design great around for Della Valle to schmooze. Also on hand were Rei Kawakubo, Jil Sander and Hedi Slimane, to name but a few.

FASHION THAW: She’s often at the couture shows, but French First Lady Bernadette Chirac sat down to see her very first ready-to-wear show on Sunday when she attended Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche at the invitation of Maryvonne Pinault, wife of François Pinault, the French tycoon who controls Gucci Group. Chirac recognized the diplomatic significance of her presence. When asked if she was symbolically extending an olive branch to the United States by attending American Tom Ford’s show, she replied: “You could say that.”

BENCH MARKS: It was a case of dueling model divas when Kate Moss, Stella Tennant and Natalia Vodianova were among the front-row lineup at the Chanel show Friday. The trio were in stitches watching the models on the runway vamp it up just for them. “I don’t have to deal with any of the fittings or the whole backstage ordeal,” Moss said afterward. “It’s nice to be able to just sit and watch,” Vodianova agreed. The Russian supermodel wore a vintage Celine dress she said she picked up in New York for $400. But vintage can sometimes have its down side, as she concealed a stain on the front of her dress by holding her purse in front of it. Down the row, French actress Audrey Tautou of “Amelie” fame was taking a break from filming her next movie, “A Very Long Engagement,” directed by “Amélie’s” Jean-Pierre Jeunet. “I have been very busy,” she said. “But I really like Karl so I made the time to come to his show.” Meanwhile, Tennant, who is sitting front row at Paris shows doing a story for American Vogue, decided life is tough in the editorial pit. “It’s vicious,” she said. “It’s not the front row. It’s the front line.”

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