LASHING OUT: Viktor & Rolf is moving into eyewear — false eyelashes, to be exact. The Dutch design duo and its beauty license holder, L’Oréal, will come out with three different designs for peepers in late spring for the Shu Uemura brand (also owned by the French beauty giant). The yet-to-be unveiled limited edition collection, inspired by Viktor & Rolf’s spring fashion line, includes styles called Wing, Wing 2 and Rhombus. They will retail for 75 euros, or $109 at current exchange, apiece.
EARLY BIRDS: Victoria Beckham — aka Posh Spice — is a real fashion devotee. She got on a plane straight after a concert in London late Tuesday in order to make Roland Mouret’s show early the next morning. “Of course I’m tired,” said Beckham. “That’s why I’m wearing sunglasses.” Beckham said she’d depart later the same day for Manchester for the Spice Girls’ next gig.
Meanwhile, Simon Fuller, the British entertainment entrepreneur who is Mouret’s partner in his new label, RM (and the Beckhams’ manager), said he has a few fashion-related projects brewing, including an “interactive” scheme and another in which Mouret will collaborate with other designers to broaden the scope of his brand. Fuller declined to give details.
JETTING AROUND: Don’t expect Becca Cason Thrash to succumb to jet lag. “I arrived in Paris and hit the ground running,” said the Texas socialite at a party in her honor hosted by furniture and accessories designers Ria and Yiouri Augousti, attended by the likes of Suzanne Saperstein, Glenda Bailey and Neiman Marcus’ Ken Dowling.
And it seems couture has a bright future, given today’s brand-conscious youngsters. “Imagine, my nine-year-old son asked if he could have his birthday party at the Armani Café,” said Rebecca Carcelle, who circled the party with her hubby, Yves Carcelle. “I gave him a simple answer: ‘No!’”
CONFESSIONS ON A RUNWAY: Chanel’s couture show Tuesday attracted an eclectic 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 said. The French actress is now filming an 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 Faithfull said her new album, “Easy Come Easy Go,” will be out in September. “We recorded live in the studio in New York — the old way,” said Faithfull, 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,” she said.
Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi showed off 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, B. 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.