SHUTTERED-BUGS: Fur protesters weren’t the only disruption during Paris Fashion Week. Several photographers were taken into custody by police at the Chanel show on Monday for allegedly violating intellectual property laws in France. Françoise Benhamou, head of judicial affairs and intellectual property at the French Fashion Federation, described an “illicit traffic” of photographs for profit that upset the federation and some of its largest members. She declined to identify the photographers, but it is believed they include Don Ashby, Marcio Madeira and Olivier Claisse. They could not immediately be reached for comment.
FLYING SOLO: Fashion people don’t always travel in pairs. That was the lesson Monday night when überhip Paris store Colette threw a bash to celebrate the launch of its new compilation CD. Although Karl Lagerfeld arrived with his frequent sidekick Hedi Slimane, Viktor Horsting of Viktor & Rolf made a rare appearance without his design partner, Rolf Snoeren, who was stuck in bed ill. Meanwhile, Milla Jovovich tore up the dance floor as music blared until the wee hours at the La Cigale music hall near Pigalle. And Colette hasn’t finished blowing off steam yet. The store plans to host a book-signing party for Pierre Bergé’s new tome, “Time Goes On, I Remain,” on Thursday evening.
IVORY TOWER: Hélène Mercier Arnault, the statuesque wife of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chairman Bernard Arnault, tickled the ivories on Tuesday night at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris, accompanied by Vladimir Spivakov on the violin. An accomplished concert pianist, Arnault entertained the likes of France’s First Lady Bernadette Chirac, deputy mayor and LVMH strategist Christophe Girard —and her husband, of course, who was unwinding after a busy fashion week.
MARK OF STARCK: You might call it the Starck-ification of Paris. Not only does design guru Philippe Starck have a major exhibit at the Pompidou museum here, he was asked to give Tuesday’s edition of the Left-leaning tabloid, Liberation, a graphic makeover. The result? Well, it’s rather stark. The cover featured no photograph, only text screaming “Chirac: No” on a red background, referring to French president Jacques Chirac’s intention of opposing war in Iraq. Starck also turned his hand to picture-editing and he went for the closeup — real close up — showing only the eyes of Chirac and President Bush.