VAL’S GAL: Between snapping photos from her front-row perch and her mouth dropping open in admiration on multiple occasions, it was hard to miss Ashley Judd’s ogling at Valentino’s couture Monday evening. "It was absolutely stunning," gushed Judd after the show. "Staggering. I wanted everything." Judd, passing through Paris via Scotland — where she and her husband, racecar driver Dario Franchitti, live half of the year — on her way to Tennessee, also suggested that she could be doing a little shopping for the red carpet. "One always has these things in the back of the mind," she said.

SHIFTING TIDES: More changes are afoot at France Luxury Group, the upstart fashion conglomerate whose stable includes Francesco Smalto, Jean-Louis Scherrer, Jacques Fath, Emmanuelle Khanh and the shoe firms Harel and Stephane Kélian. Last week the firm said chief executive Mounir Moufarrige was leaving after selling the group last month to French financier Alain Dumenil. And now it has parted ways with its ready-to-wear designer at Scherrer, Ritu Beri. Beri, who had designed Scherrer for just over a year, said she and Dumenil failed to see eye to eye. "Mr. Dumenil wants to go in a more conservative direction and target more mature women," Beri said. "They didn’t want to show on the runway any longer. My vision is different." A spokesman for Dumenil said a successor has not been named. Stephane Roland, who designs Scherrer’s couture, will stay on board. He is scheduled to show today. Changes are also said to be in the works at Jacques Fath and sources said British designer Lizzy Disney may have already exited. She could not be reached for comment.

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