SOPHIA’S CHOICE: Sophia Kokosalaki had some intriguing characters in the front row of her Paris show Tuesday night: Givenchy president Marco Gobbetti and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton talent scout Concetta Lanciaux. Asked if they were considering the London-based designer to fill a slot vacant since Julien Macdonald exited in April, the pair demurred, waving off the question with a laugh. “I don’t like naming names,” Gobbetti said. He only promised to make an announcement “by the end of the year.” It is understood that Givenchy is still evaluating several potential candidates, including Isaac Mizrahi, Zac Posen and Roland Mouret.

CHIC CRITIQUE: Isabelle Adjani is the latest film star to play fashion editor for a day. At Dior Tuesday afternoon, the actress said she’d review John Galliano’s collection in an upcoming edition of Citizen K magazine. And what’s her idea of a good show? “It has to be fun and beautiful,” said Adjani on her way to her front-row seat in the sweltering venue. “And I’d like the temperature to be cooler than this.” Meanwhile, actress-designer Milla Jovovich said she was hoping to pick up an idea or two for her signature line. “You never know what to expect with Galliano, that’s the best part of it all,” she said, adding that she’s in Paris to promote her latest film, “Resident Evil: Apocalypse.”

AMERICAN IMPORT: Sofia Coppola has settled into an apartment on Paris’ Boulevard St. Germain, just above the Café Flore, sources say. The “Lost in Translation” director will live in the City of Light while she prepares to film a feature on the life of Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst.

INVESTIGATING CARDIN: Few know the exact number of licenses Pierre Cardin has. And apparently the designer doesn’t know, either. Officials in Paris have opened an investigation into whether Cardin falsified accounts after complaints that he had granted exclusive licensing agreements for the same products to two separate companies. A spokesman for Cardin declined to comment. The investigation, being headed by hard-nosed financial judge Renaud Van Ruymbeke, stems from a complaint by Switzerland’s MMS International that it had the same exclusive sportswear license with Cardin as Greece’s Surant. Cardin, 82, has been trying to sell his empire for several years now. In early September, he moved to accelerate the process by holding a fresh round of talks in Paris with bankers trying to round up a buyer. Retail sales of Cardin products are estimated at $1.5 billion. But the designer insists on running virtually every aspect of his company himself secretly, and some recent reports have suggested Cardin is heavily in debt. With some 800 licenses, his business interests also include the Maxim restaurants, hotels and a theater in Paris.  

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