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.
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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.”
PUPPY LOVE: There’s a new member of the Tom Ford household: A four-month-old smooth fox terrier. His name is Angus. And Ford will soon be adding to his menagerie. He’s shopping for horses next week in Florida.
TO-DYE-FOR LACROIX: Pucci isn’t the only collection new to Christian Lacroix these days. The couturier signed on with German hair care brand Schwarzkopf to create four home hair dyes for its Brillance Haute Collection. The mahogany, brown, violet and red hues concocted with him are meant to reflect colors in Lacroix creations.
JUST LIKE COUSINS: Gilles Dufour, presenting his colorful collection in a town house on the Place des Victoires, got a visit from an old friend: Catherine Deneuve. “Gilles is like my best cousin,” the actress quipped between drags on an ultra-thin cigarette. “It’s better than being a brother.”
SWITCHEROO?: Tilda Swinton, a big fan of Viktor & Rolf, turned up Saturday at Balenciaga. Has she switched style camps? “Absolutely not. I’ll be there in a minute,” she said, referring to the Dutch duo’s show a few hours later. But her blue trouser suit, trimmed in black braid, was not Viktor & Rolf. “It’s my own. Don’t you think it’s very Granny Takes a Trip à la 1972,” she said, referring to the legendary boutique on King’s Road in London. Over the weekend, Swinton also made an appearance at Alexander McQueen and is expected tonight at YSL.