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PEACE GATHERING: John Galliano’s Pierre Denis, Diptyque’s former owner Mohamed Lataoui, soccer star Frank Leboeuf, plus actresses Charlotte Valandrey, Cyrielle Clair and Gabrielle Lazure were among attendees at a lunch thrown at Paris’ Petit Palais on Tuesday for International Day of Peace. The event — which was organized by Karine Ohana, partner of Ohana & Co., jewelry designer Fadia Otte and Valérie Hoffenberg, France’s envoy for economic aspects of the Mideast peace process — was for Kids Creating Peace, an association aimed to help children in war-torn areas. Guests of honor were Israeli and Palestinian high school students, who had presented their plan for peace to France’s parliament earlier in the day.
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TIME OUT: Tony Parker’s sure one for keeping time. On Monday, accompanied by his wife, Eva Longoria Parker, Parker attended a charity gala for Frédérique Constant in Paris. The next day, the French professional basketball player signed on as the new global ambassador of rival timepiece brand Tissot, part of Swatch Group, which is the official timekeeper of FIBA (the International Basketball Federation). Ever the pro, meanwhile, Longoria at the Frédérique Constant Par Coeur gala said she’d suffered a potentially fatal wardrobe malfunction. “It went ping, ping,” she gasped, pointing to the side zipper of her Georges Rech lace bustier gown. “My hairdresser had to stitch me right up as I was walking out the door.” Fellow dinner guest Elsa Zylberstein, who wore an asymmetric scarlet YSL gown, said she’d just wrapped shooting “A Butterfly Kiss,” which also stars Gérard Depardieu and Vincent Perez. Bob Sinclar said he’s due to release the first single from his new album in October, featuring Sean Paul. The DJ added he has a campaign coming out with Italian underwear label Yamamay.
SPECIAL HOSTS: Talbots is relying on a few pros to spread some secrets on how to look good. Today, the retailer is kicking off a nationwide Hostess series, sending television nutritionist Joy Bauer and stylist Mary Alice Stephenson on the road to host special “Looking Good Is a Science” events at its stores. Bauer, whose first outing will be at the Talbots store at The Mall at Short Hills, N.J., today, will be on hand to give health tips and sign copies of her new book “Slim and Scrumptious,” while Stephenson, whose hosting duties start on Oct. 5 at Talbots in Deer Park, Ill., is likely to style customers in the brand’s newest looks. Both finish their gigs on Oct. 21, when Bauer will be at Talbots’ Morristown, N.J., store, while Stephenson will be at Talbots at the Dallas Galleria in Dallas.