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WHITE MISCHIEF: When French President Nicolas Sarkozy wed Carla Bruni in Paris on Saturday, there was little fanfare, but plenty of fashion elements. The bride, a pop singer and former model, wore a short, sleeveless, off-white dress by Hermès, according to sources, and witnesses for the nuptials included Mathilde Agostinelli, Prada’s European p.r., and Farida Khelfa, the former model, couture directrice at Jean-Paul Gaultier and Paris social figure. The nuptials — confirmed in a one-sentence announcement from the Elysée Palace — end weeks of intense expectation in Europe and ushers in another guessing game: Will France’s new First Lady grace any front rows during Paris Fashion Week later this month?
SUPER SUNDAY: What do body-hugging bandage dresses and football uniforms have in common? Not much, except that thanks to the scheduling gods, the two vied for attention at Sunday morning’s Hervé Léger show (the first formal one for the label since the mid-Nineties). Team Legér drew an impressive lineup of front row ladies wearing their creations: Joy Bryant in bright orange; Emily Deschanel in black, and Melissa George in snow white. And many of them pleaded ignorance to the sporting action going on later that evening. “I had no idea who was playing [in the Super Bowl] until a few days ago. I thought it was the Jets and then someone corrected me. I’d rather watch a UFC fight than football,” said Mandy Moore. Joss Stone, bedecked in a strapless rainbow number, was equally uninterested, claiming her only post-show plans were to see friends and sleep. “It’s sooo early,” she said of the 11 a.m. call time. “I’m a musician. We stay up late.”
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But a few girls admitted they’d soon be donning more comfy ensembles to take in the big game. “I’m going to throw on sweats,” said Sophia Bush. “I have a lot of friends in town so we’re going to pick a bar and go watch and eat chicken wings…I’m rooting for the Giants. I always root for the underdog.”
Perhaps she and Ginnifer Goodwin should go head-to-head. The actress, who said she was there to “window shop,” will also be glued to a TV screen — but not in support of New York. “I went to school in Boston, so I’m definitely rooting for the Patriots,” she said with a smile.
FASHION TRENCHES: Diane von Furstenberg’s show on Sunday brought out the usual group of close friends, including Ellen Barkin and Susan Sarandon, but this time around, she also had a fashion show novice: Christiane Amanpour. The CNN correspondent, who was accompanied by her husband, James Rubin, and son Darius, made her first fashion show appearance, taking in the presentation from the front row. “It was great,” she beamed after it was over. “I wish I could fit into all of the clothes.” Not surprisingly, the seasoned journalist, who typically reports from the trenches, found the fashion show chaos harmless by comparison. “This is manageable,” she offered.
PRIORITY PLACEMENT: Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant were still in their front-row seats at the shows, despite their high-profile resignations following the sale of Interview. “Everything is still the status quo,” said Sischy backstage at DVF, until the sale is finalized. “One would think it would feel different…after the noise of last week, it feels surreal.” As for the comments made to WWD last week by Interview’s new full owner, Peter Brant, which some saw as minimizing Sischy’s role there, she would only say, “I wish everyone the best.”
Also, new More editor in chief Lesley Jane Seymour was back in the tents for the first time since her exit from Marie Claire. “It’s like going to your high school reunion,” she said. “Everyone since my WWD days is here — we’ve just changed seats.”
SEATLESS SIMMONS SISTERS: “This is my first fashion-week experience and I’m not sure it’s a good one,” said an upset publicist for Vanessa and Angela Simmons, stars of MTV’s reality show “Run’s House,” at the Tracy Reese show on Sunday afternoon. The sisters, who also design their own line of apparel and footwear called Pastry, were left without seats and the show was about to begin. “Someone took our seats!” Vanessa screamed at a security guard who was trying to clear the runway. “This is really silly, these girls are on a reality TV show and we need to get them seated,” the publicist said. Finally, after about 10 minutes of arguing, someone came to the rescue and placed two more seats at the end of the runway. “Now I want to curl up and go take a nap,” the p.r. proclaimed.