By and  on January 10, 1994

PARIS -- Yves Saint Laurent has pulled out of "Haute Couture Worldview," a live satellite TV show broadcast simultaneously to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago of 18 couture shows in Paris, raising doubts about the eventual success of the project.

Guy Laroche might also be a defector.

Event Media International of New York -- the parent of Paris Fashion Showcase Limited -- which is staging the event, agreed to pay $1 million to broadcast the shows in high definition television, according to Jacques Mouclier, president of the Chambre Syndicale.

The couture houses participating in the program are supposed to be paid a fee of close to $50,000 each, whether or not they present their collections in the controversial new underground fashion center, the Carrousel du Louvre, Mouclier added.

The original agreement between Event Media and the Chambre Syndicale included Balmain, Carven, Christian Dior, Louis Feraud, Givenchy, Lecoanet Hemant, Christian Lacroix, Ted Lapidus, Guy Laroche, Hanae Mori, Paco Rabanne, Nina Ricci, Saint Laurent, Jean-Louis Scherrer, Per Spook, Torrente, Emanuel Ungaro and Philippe Venet.

According to sources here, the Saint Laurent pullout, only a week before the shows are scheduled to hit the runways, is only the latest snag to plague the event.

Chanel and Pierre Cardin both refused to participate in the unprecedented event. And, according to the terms of the agreement, the one-third of the million-dollar payment that was to be given to the Chambre Syndicale up front -- before the shows -- has yet to change hands, said Mouclier.

The telecast sponsors were not available for comment on that point.

"This deal was done by Mouclier, and he told me that everyone had agreed to take part," said Pierre Berge, president of Yves Saint Laurent Couture. "But then I discovered that Mr. Cardin and Chanel had refused. Well, if Chanel is not doing it, I don't see why Saint Laurent should."

Asked about losing out on the Event Media fee, Berge replied: "I don't give a damn about $50,000. Mouclier might need the money, but I don't. You can't just show these images to anyone."

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