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THE LATE SHOW: Balenciaga drew its typical hard-partying crowd Tuesday night. “We got here early because this party is usually messy,” predicted Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. And it seems Kanye West, who swung by Cavalli before joining Charlotte Gainsbourg and Nicolas Ghesquière at Le Baron, didn’t get quite enough shut-eye. The rapper rolled in halfway through Ungaro’s show on Wednesday, discreetly taking a seat on the floor.
HEY, MR. DJ: Hip London soiree Boombox was less booming than usual at Parisian hangout La Perle Tuesday night. “I was expecting a giant Star Trek console, surround-sound system,” joked Jefferson Hack, who came armed with bags of vinyl only to find a double CD deck rather than a record player. Hack said he would stick to his day job as editor of Dazed & Confused magazine — for which he’s just wrapped a 70-page shoot and interview with Madonna, photographed by Steven Klein. Meanwhile, just about every Brit in town stopped by. “It’s cool to see so many London people,” said Gareth Pugh as he took a spin on the discs. “It’s a home from home.”
MODEL ACT: Coco Rocha will have a go at acting, the spirited model said backstage before the Christian Lacroix show Wednesday. When she’s in New York next, Rocha will seek out some lessons and then, “we’ll see. It is just something else to play with. It’s not my ‘life goal.'” Rocha already has dabbled in theater in her native Canada and is known for her penchant for Irish dancing. So being onstage is nothing new. However, she might try her hand at musicals. “I like period pieces,” she added.
HOMEBODY: Lapo Elkann has an enticing proposition. Select editors have been invited Friday to check out his latest designs for Italia Independent at his Paris apartment, which overlooks the Invalides Esplanade. Among Elkann’s glitzy neighbors are Antoine Arnault, Marisa Berenson and Carine Roitfeld.
SWAN SONG: Swarovski, the Austrian crystal giant, will unveil its new Swanflower monogram tonight at the Show Case venue on Pont Alexandre III. The design will be showcased on a new line of crystal and leather accessories on display at the event, which will include a concert by Rihanna. Featuring a rotating quartet of various-sized swans, which has been the brand’s logo signature since 1989, the flowerlike motif was designed by Swarovski’s creative director, Nathalie Colin Roblique.
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SMOKE SIGNALS: Every store is his castle for Roberto Cavalli, who, despite France’s new smoking ban, puffed away on his trademark cigar at the Just Cavalli boutique opening in Paris on Tuesday. And, if the after party at cabaret Crazy Horse is any indication, Cavalli’s nightclubs, opening later this year, will be just as happening. “Well, he’s got vodka already, so it’s a natural transition,” noted Tinsley Mortimer, who has turned her hand to diet advice, contributing to the upcoming book, “The Park Avenue Diet,” by Stuart Fischer, M.D. Cavalli certainly showed a host’s generosity, sharing his cigar with French actress Sara Forestier, who is about to start filming with Israeli filmmaker Haim Bouzaglo. “It’s a remake of ‘Exodus,'” said Forestier. “But unfortunately without Paul Newman.” The soiree lured in the cognoscenti from the four corners of the map. “Heroes” star Jimmy Jean-Louis has been putting in some legwork for his latest project, “The Ball is Round,” a soccer film starring ex-professional Frank Leboeuf.
“I think I may have scared the maid this morning,” said fellow prime-time star Robert Knepper, aka. “T-Bag” the psychopathic murderer on television series “Prison Break.” Knepper is in Paris filming Luc Besson’s “Transporter 3.” Prima ballerina Eleonora Abbagnato nipped in after rehearsals nearby at Paris’ Opera Garnier. Vivica Fox, meanwhile, disclosed she’d be designing her first denim and sweatsuit fashion line in December. She said she will also be the new host of a talk show program on VH1 dubbed, “Vivica Fox Presents: Styled By.” “Candidates will be called to style looks for the red carpet,” Fox said.
“I feel like Marilyn Monroe,” said actress Moran Atias when her chiffon dress, caught in a draft, started billowing. “And I don’t want to die young.” Atias, who finished filming “Mother of Tears,” said she was off to start a new film project in Australia. Looking to plant French roots, Paris-based Australian songstress Micky Green said, “I’m getting my visa tomorrow. I can finally get an apartment now.” Green’s album, “White T-Shirt,” will be released in the United States in June.
GREAT SCOTT: Forget after-show parties. Jeremy Scott’s groupies, including the French band Rock & Roll, New York deejays the Misshapes and style blogger Cory Kennedy, got mighty rowdy during the countdown to the show, held in the Palais de Tokyo. Musing on the collection’s theme and opulence backstage, the ever-humble Scott — who later sent models down the runway in green dollar dresses — revealed his most extravagant belonging to be a giant fiberglass bust of his truly. Model Anouck Lepère was up to mischief. “I’m gonna go downstairs and steal some artworks,” she said, sporting the show’s cat burglar eye makeup. The Belgian model remained mum about speculation that she’s set the date to wed Jefferson Hack this August. Fellow model Chanel Iman entertained staff with tales of how she recently stepped in for her air hostess mother on a flight. “I served drinks from a trolley. The guests were very well behaved,” she said. Scott’s Agyness Deyn was missing in action, however, having flown back to London suffering from a nasty eye infection.
Out front, the flamboyant Chinese artist Terence Koh, wearing a white Alaïa fur over a leather biker jacket, disclosed he’ll be working on a line of evening accessories for Dunhill for next fall in collaboration with the house’s new men’s wear designer Kim Jones. “It’ll be all about black diamonds,” he said. Geordon Nicol and Leigh Lezark of the Misshapes, regulars on the fashion week DJ circuit, said they’ll next play some festivals in Texas and Miami, followed by April’s Coachella festival, with Justice. While Kennedy, who disclosed she has just shot a hair campaign for an undisclosed Procter & Gamble brand, possibly Sebastian, said she’s been busy organizing a yard sale, to be held at the Hotel Amour this Sunday. “I wanted to sell off all of my old clothes originally, but now a few brands have got involved,” she said, adding that her limited edition Tsubi T-shirt line will be for sale.
DIRECT ROUTE: Farida Khelfa, former couture directrice at Jean Paul Gaultier, is gunning to direct films. “I’m writing a screenplay with a friend of mine, and I hope to direct it,” Khelfa said at Gaultier’s show Tuesday night. Khelfa said it’s a drama-comedy, but not a vehicle for herself. Khelfa has a small role in Cédric Klapisch’s “Paris,” with some scenes filmed at Gaultier headquarters.