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CONFESSIONS ON A RUNWAY: Chanel’s couture show Tuesday attracted an ecelectic mix of women from film and music, including Cécile Cassel, who stars in the forthcoming British romantic comedy “My Last Five Girlfriends.”
“I’m one of the five ex-girlfriends _ they’re not mine!” Cassel joked. The French actress is now filming a HBO biopic about Coco Chanel, where she plays one of the designer’s actress friends. “She was the first actress to really help Chanel,” said Cassel. Marie-Josée Croze, of “The Diving Bell And Butterfly” fame, shooed her friends away so she could promote her upcoming films to journalists. “I’m working right now!” she hollered.
The Quebecois actress has two movies out this spring: “The New Protocol” followed by “Two Days to Kill.” Marianne Faithful said she has a new album, “Easy Come Easy Go” coming out in September. “We recorded live in the studio in New York – the old way,” said Faithful, who revealed she’s also been asked by Perrier-Jouet to help create a special champagne. “The only thing is I don’t drink. I’ll have to get someone else to do the tasting.” Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi debuted a daring new pixie haircut by Kamo Katsuya and she’s dealing with blades in her next movie, too. “I play a fighter. I love action films,” she said.
French actress Clémence Poésy, however, is more lover than fighter in her next movie “It’s another love story,” said the thespian of her upcoming project, a British film dubbed “Heartless.”
Madonna’s stylist, who goes by the name of B., was also in the audience. Having just wrapped up working on Madonna’s next album cover, shot by Steven Klein, the trendsetter said she was returning to London the next day to style a music video starring Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.
“Madonna’s look is going to be more edgy, more fresh — with no more disco,” she said.
BIRTHDAY GALORE: Boucheron, the jewelry house, celebrated its 150th anniversary Monday by treating its best (paying) clients and a handful of stars – Julianne Moore, Diane Kruger, Naomi Campbell and Michelle Yeoh – to a gala evening of art, jewelry and food. After a private showing of the house’s new million-dollar-plus collection of baubles against a backdrop of contemporary art – Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Maurizio Cattelan et al, culled from PPR owner Francois Pinault’s collection – the moneyed band was whisked to the neighboring Petit Palais for dinner, where Emmanuelle Seigner belted out “Happy Birthday” in a breathy Monroe style. Americans Susan Casden, Kassidy Choi Schagrin, and Christine Suppes opted for Christian Lacroix couture, while Becca Cason Thrash wore Dior and Suzanne Sapperstein tried on Stephane Rolland. Across the room, Danielle Steeel held court with daughters Samantha and Vanessa Traina. Moore, in grey Yves Saint Laurent accessorized with the obligatory Boucheron sparklers, is the house’s mascot for the anniversary year. But bling was far from the only thing on the actress’ mind. “When I asked if anyone knew who won the Packers-Giants game you could have heard a pin drop,” she laughed. “Believe me, I won’t be wearing any jewelry when I watch the Super Bowl. I’d tear it off in excitement.”
WHEN DUTY CALLS: “We were joking it should be called ‘Inheriting Duty,'” quipped Roberta Armani at a dinner to fete the launch of Roger Moenks’ book “Inheriting Beauty.” Many of the women featured in the book showed up, eager to talk about various projects. British socialite Tamara Beckwith is opening a luxury boutique in London this year. ³It¹ll be my dream shop,” she said. “If you have to go on holiday, and all you have is a credit card, it will sell everything you need for the trip.” MB Beach Couture, the luxury beachwear line founded by Maria Buccellati, meanwhile has collaborated with Rock & Republic on a jeans line for fall. The deal came about, said Buccellati, when Rock & Republic executives met Harrods fashion director Marigay McKee _ who was sporting the label¹s jeans with a MB top. The collection featuring MB’s cashmere stitching will hit stores for fall.
Photographer Moenks, meanwhile, is switching direction for his next book.
“It’ll be the 50 most eminent environmentalists,” he said, describing hopes to include the likes of Prince Charles and Hillary Clinton.
ROBED TALENT: Celebrity colorist Christophe Robin unveiled a bathrobe collection at Maria Luisa Monday night before the likes of Catherine Deneuve and Nicole Garcia. “I’ve always collected bathrobes,” explained Robin, saying his vintage collection spans the ages and has many from old Hollywood movies. One, for instance, was worn by Tony Curtis in “Some Like It Hot.”
Robin’s new bathrobes are made on order in his atelier employing four seamstresses, aged 76 to 82, and chosen for their savoir-faire. However, none of this is to say a change of career is in the works for Robin; his main focus remains on hair hues. “I have no ambition to be a designer,” said Robin. “I make my bathrobes for fun.”
WHERE THERE’S SMOKE: Does Dunhill have its eye on hot men’s wear designer Kim Jones? According to sources, the British luxury goods firm is recruiting a creative director and has been in talks with Jones, among others. Jones had no comment Tuesday and Dunhill could not be reached for comment.
RETAIL THERAPY: Dita Von Teese certainly knows how to get over a breakup. The star, who split from rocker Marilyn Manson last year, swished into Christian Lacroix’s show Tuesday sporting a huge sparkling rock on her hand.
“It’s my happy divorce gift” she smiled, adding, “Dior made it for me.” French actress Marina Hands, from Oscar-nominated “The Diving Bell and The Butterfly,” has just wrapped filming in Canada and is next starring for French writer Marc Dugain, in his directorial debut.
YSL IN SPAIN: Retired couturier Yves Saint Laurent is going to get the museum treatment in Spain. Corunna’s Caixa Galicia Foundation will reprise an expanded version of YSL: Dialogue With Art, which already ran at the Pierre Berge, Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris. More than 38 important paintings are being loaned to the museum for the show, which opens Feb. 13 and runs through April.