EAT AND RUN: Real-life ballerinas may count calories, but not Mila Kunis, who played the role of a rebel ballet dancer in “Black Swan.” “Food,” exclaimed the doe-eyed actress when asked what she most loved about France. “I have been eating my way around Paris.” Chewing on a piece of gum to get her through the Miu Miu show, Kunis said her next project will be a fun movie directed by Seth MacFarlane “about a talking teddy bear.” “I love everything about Paris — the food, the architecture,” enthused Hailee Steinfeld. Having just wrapped the promotional tour for “True Grit,” the pony-tailed actress said she was looking forward to escaping to Chantilly outside of Paris to do some horseback riding. “I honestly haven’t seen an ugly street corner since I got here,” marveled Jennifer Lawrence, before gazing off into the distance and yelling, “Oh my, is that Grace Coddington!?”
Confessed the actress, who is on vacation in Europe, “I’m starting to know more about fashion, but I still feel I don’t really know what I’m talking about.” With no fixed projects in view, Lawrence said she is looking at scripts. “I am technically unemployed,” she laughed.
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OPEN-SHUT CASE: Bernard Arnault’s appetite for acquisitions includes small, under-the-radar brands, too. Via his Groupe Arnault investment vehicle, the luxury titan has quietly purchased Moynat, a storied 19th-century trunk maker five years older than Louis Vuitton, WWD has learned. According to market sources, Arnault has plans to reactivate the brand and plant a Paris boutique on trendy Rue Saint Honoré later this year. The entrepreneur has a strong affection for heritage European names and Moynat certainly fits the bill. It was founded in 1849 and was best known for its lightweight, waterproof trunks for automobiles. Arnault made headlines earlier this week when LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton absorbed Rome-based jeweler Bulgari in a transaction with a total value of more than $6 billion.
FACING THE CRITICS: At Parsons The New School for Design’s evening with Reed Krakoff and Simon Doonan on Monday, Krakoff revealed just how he coped with The New York Times’ scathing review of his namesake Madison Avenue boutique in September. “I never finished the story,” he told the audience. “I embrace criticism,” he noted, adding that he was taken aback by Cintra Wilson’s “Critical Shopper” column, which he thought came from “left field.” That’s not to say that he won’t get over it eventually. “I will frame it and put it in my office,” he said. “One day. Not yet.”