CANNES’ GRAND DAME: Jeanne Moreau may forever be remembered in her role as the youthful, free-spirited heroine of François Truffaut’s “Jules et Jim,” but a glitzy bash feting a vintage 60 years in the business for the veteran actress looks set to be one of the hottest tickets at the Cannes Film Festival next month. The event, organized by Gala magazine and ADR Prod, will be held at the Majestic Beach on May 17.
LOVE AT LORD & TAYLOR: Can love happen on the main floor of Lord & Taylor? In the movies, for sure. Hollywood is taking over Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue flagship today to shoot a pivotal scene for the film “Duplicity,” directed by Tony Gilroy and starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen as corporate spies for rival firms who meet and fall in love at first sight. The store will remain closed until 1 p.m.
According to a source close to the project, Lord & Taylor wasn’t in the original script; another department store not far uptown was. But when Gilroy, cinematographer Robert Elswit and the locations manager cut through L&T’s main floor en route to scout Blaggard’s Tavern nearby, they were impressed by the store’s vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and mirrored columns. The team felt it made the perfect setting for where the romantic pair meet, exchange words and exit together through the 38th Street door, where they continue to chat under the awning before hitting Blaggard’s. The bar scene was already filmed.
IF THE SHOE FITS: “I have more of his shoes than in the exhibition.” So joked Diane von Furstenberg in introducing her close friend Christian Louboutin at a talk he gave last Wednesday evening at FIT, which is currently holding an exhibit of his footwear. She wasn’t the only Louboutin enthusiast in the crowd. In a charming anecdotal manner, the designer ran through his 16-year career, starting at the beginning with his years as a teen interning at the Folies Bergère in Paris. (Fun fact: the ladies would stuff veal carpaccio into their soles for padded comfort.) When he began talking about his 1994 “Trash” shoes, which were covered in a collage of dreck like train stubs and gum wrappers, a brunette called out that she was wearing a pair and proceeded to pass one around.
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SAKS’ GIANT DAY: Saks Fifth Avenue honored Angie Harmon and her husband, Jason Sehorn, with the Champions for Children Award at its 20th annual Colleagues Spring Luncheon last Wednesday at the Beverly Wilshire. Nancy Reagan pal Betsy Bloomingdale eschewed the long line at valet and parked on the street, weaving through the cars idling in the hotel’s driveway. Meanwhile, part of the traffic snarl was caused by the arrival of Reagan’s burgundy limo, for which all other cars were halted. “It’s just beyond surreal,” Harmon said of taking the former first lady by the hand and leading her through the crowded VIP cocktail reception. “Jason and I were in grade school when she was in the White House so to us, she’s like the first first lady.” Sehorn, the former NFL star, is rarely seen with his party-loving wife at events about town. “She’s the social butterfly. I prefer to pick and choose,” he said. “For example, the Jimmy Choo party…I thought I could pass.” Sehorn did see a familiar face in Kate Mara, who met him when he played for the team then-owned by her late grandfather, the New York Giants. “I must admit, I came here because I wanted to see the entire Oscar de la Renta collection,” Mara said (the house presented its fall collection during lunch, and outfitted both Mara and Harmon), “but it’s always nice to see Giants players as well.”
A GROWING CLAN: Carolina Herrera Jr., who is her mother’s senior fragrance adviser and occasional ad face, is expecting her third child with husband Miguel Baez, a retired bullfighter, according to the Spanish weekly Hola. The Baezes split their time between Madrid (they’re often spotted on Serrano, the capital’s main shopping thoroughfare, with their two children — Olimpia de la Concepcíon, age 3, and almost 2-year-old Miguel Jr. — and the family dog) and Litri’s bull ranch in Spain’s western province of Cáceres, where the couple married four years ago.
NY-LON: New Bond Street may represent the very essence of London shopping, but on Thursday it took on a bit of New York flair. DKNY Jeans celebrated the launch of its first European flagship with Cosmopolitans, “Big Apple” cookies, and mini-hotdogs and burgers. The crowd, by contrast, had a distinctly British feel, with young acting talents on hand including Benedict Cumberbatch, Nathalie Press, Talulah Riley and Anna Popplewell, who stars in the “Narnia” trilogy. London band The Paddingtons entertained the crowd.
MORE MULBERRY: Mulberry is planting more roots in the north of England. The British accessories and ready-to-wear brand will launch its first standalone store in Leeds in May. The store will open in the city’s upscale neighborhood, Victoria Quarter, next to Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood and Agent Provocateur. It will feature artwork by fashion illustrator Julie Verhoeven, in addition to the brand’s full offering of women’s and men’s accessories and rtw. Mulberry currently has stores in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Leeds will mark its 13th U.K. door.