DVF ON THE MEND: Not all vacations are restful, or, for that matter, safe. Just ask Diane von Furstenberg, who expected to spend a lovely week skiing in Aspen after doing a show in Denver. Contacted for a comment on Michelle Obama’s choice of gown for last week’s State Dinner, von Furstenberg instead offered that she has other things on her mind right now, due to a mishap on the slopes.
“Barry [Diller] and I were skiing happily,” she e-mailed. “Some Brazilian man, who could not ski, lost control and went straight at me, hitting me badly on my face and ribs (with his camera). I went to the emergency room and then flew to UCLA. I look like Mike Tyson on his worst fight. Broken nose and some light facial fractures. At home in L.A. now waiting to heal. Will be staying here the week because I have my children and grandkids. I guess it could have been worse…but it does NOT look pretty.” With New York Fashion Week on the horizon, she added: “Thank god I have Yvan Mispelaere in the sample room.”
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FIENNES AND DANDY: Chanel is such a magnet for celebrities, you could even catch a glimpse of one among editors popping in to see Karl Lagerfeld do fittings ahead of today’s couture show. That was the case on Sunday, when Ralph Fiennes stopped by to say hello to Lady Amanda Harlech. The English actor is not expected in the front row today, but Kirsten Dunst, Janelle Monáe, Vanessa Paradis, Karen Elson, Gaspard Ulliel, Diane Kruger — and a host of others — are.
WINE LIST: Is Bernard Arnault thirsty for more Champagne? LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton declined all comment Monday on speculation it is bidding for Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck, two brands of bubbly owned by drinks giant Rémy Cointreau. On Monday, Rémy Cointreau stock closed on the Paris Bourse down 0.6 percent to 49.94 euros, or $68.22 at current exchange, after spiking early in the day. It is understood that LVMH, famous for such elite Champagne labels as Dom Pérignon, Krug and Ruinart, is not interested in adding more brands but gaining access to the vineyard contracts that come with them.
CULTURE CLUB: A hot dog stand and a blaring ABBA soundtrack greeted guests at the Acne show, held at the Maison Rouge contemporary art foundation on the last night of men’s fashion week in Paris. The Swedish brand plans to open a store “as soon as possible” on nearby Rue Froissart, and may add more in the future, said executive chairman Mikael Schiller. Australian artist Michelle Jank said she spent the afternoon at the Rodin museum photographing and sketching sculptures. Jank has been working in The Hague on art direction and costumes for “Still Life,” a performance by choreographer Aszure Barton — a protégée of Mikhail Baryshnikov — that will premiere at the Netherlands Dance Theater on Feb. 3. Christian Mazzalai, the guitarist of French pop-rock group Phoenix, said the band will head to Australia next week for five concerts, and is working on a new album. “We started a week ago, and god only knows when we will finish it,” he said.