REGALLY BLONDE: Betty Catroux, one of the glitziest members of retired couturier Yves Saint Laurent’s inner circle, has quickly adapted to Tom Ford’s new direction at Rive Gauche. On Monday, she had staff at the YSL boutique on Faubourg Saint-Honore in a tizzy as she tried on side-laced leather pants and stacks of other clothes. "I’m losing my head in here," she exclaimed. Meanwhile, Saint Laurent’s couture atelier is on schedule to fill orders on his retirement collection by the end of October. Couture boss Pierre Bergé said the house is still negotiating with its workers over terms of the house’s closure.

MOVING ON UP — AND OUT: Georgina Brandolini, managing director of Balmain, was helping to seat guests at the house’s show Monday. But on the sidelines, she confirmed her exit — effective at the end of October. "I’m going to work in fashion, but I don’t know for whom or if I might work for myself," she said. Meanwhile, Balmain chief executive Alain Hivelin said the couture workrooms remain open filling orders on the swan song collection of Oscar de la Renta. As for a successor, he said ready-to-wear designer Laurent Mercier is definitely a candidate. "It’s a possibility, but not a decision."

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