STUN GUN: Hussein Chalayan’s show late Friday was preceded by a storm of controversy over his invitation. It depicts a blindfolded young girl brandishing a handgun. Backstage, Chalayan defended the choice, saying the image documents the fact that children emulate the violent behavior of adults during play at times of war. "It’s about the kind of world I don’t want to live in," he said. "All my work is about contradictory motives." But told that some retailers and editors found his invitation "repugnant" and "distasteful," Chalayan shot back: "If people find it distasteful they should pick up a book or read a newspaper and see what’s going on in the world." Meanwhile, the shy designer is coming out of his shell. He learned to play bass guitar especially for the show and it was the first time he performed before an audience. The other band members were friends. How did Chalayan do? Not bad. He only dropped the guitar pick once.

AIR TIME: Television cameras will be trailing Kuwaiti retailer Majed Al-Sabah today as he goes about his business: attending runway shows, writing orders and hunting for new talent in the nooks and crannies of Paris. The segment is slated to air on Nov. 3 on "Capital" — a popular newsmagazine show on M6. The crew already spent five days in Kuwait, where Al-Sabah’s Villa Moda store features many Italian, but few French, designers. Not surprisingly, it’s been a persistent line of questioning. "I was very honest with them," he said. "Some French companies need to get their act together."

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