RUMBLINGS AT RICHEMONT: Emmanuel Perrin is said to be replacing Frédéric de Narp as president and chief executive officer of Cartier North America, according to sources. On Thursday, a Cartier spokeswoman characterized as “rumors” news reports that de Narp may be exiting the company. De Narp was named president and ceo of Cartier North America in 2005. He has been with Cartier since 1991.
In 2005 Perrin was named president and ceo of Van Cleef & Arpels, which, like Cartier, is owned by Richemont. Perrin has served various roles within Richemont since 1992. Spokespeople at Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels declined to comment Monday.
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GAGA FOR GIVENCHY: The fashion world’s favorite new songstress, Lady Gaga, will perform at a New York Fashion Week launch party for the new Givenchy Play men’s fragrance at The Box on Sept. 15, according to a well-placed source. The event is being hosted by Out magazine and organized by party planner Patrick Duffy — who also is overseeing the Rodarte party that same evening. Lady Gaga, known for her outré Eighties-inspired costumes, has sold more than 3 million copies of her debut album, “The Fame,” and was photographed by Ellen von Unwerth for the current cover of Out. The Box has made plans to bring in a grand piano for Lady Gaga so she can perform an acoustic set of her hits, such as “Just Dance,” “Poker Face” and “Paparazzi.” Lady Gaga is rumored to have a busy fashion week schedule, as Marc Jacobs has said she may perform at his party the previous Monday evening — although the official word from the Jacobs camp is that nothing has been confirmed.
TINY BUBBLES: Add Christian Louboutin to the growing list of designers dabbling in filmmaking. The footwear guru just returned from Los Angeles, where he directed a clip for Piper-Heidsieck featuring Elisa Sednaoui. Louboutin lauded the Italian model’s “star quality” as he had her sipping Champagne from — what else? — a crystal slipper.
KNIT HITS: Sonia Rykiel is taking her Left Bank universe of literary cafes, berets and striped sweaters into cyberspace with the launch of a blog at rykielles.com. Starting Sept. 14., creative director Nathalie Rykiel and her online alter ego Dita du Flore will post news, book recommendations, styles from the Rykiel archives and photo shoots with monthly guest stars.
SCENTING THE SCENE: Felicitations flowed as freely as Champagne at the double launch of Daphne Guinness’ signature fragrance and “Mnemosyne,” her short film, at Dover Street Market on Thursday. “The more I see it, the more I like it,” said Jonathan Guinness, the socialite-cum-designer and father of Daphne, talking about the 3-minute film that illustrates Guinness’ concept of scent.
Christopher Kane owned to being a fan of the eau. “I’m obsessed,” he enthused. “I just love it.” Guests included Jefferson Hack, Anouck Lepère, Jasmine Guinness, Poppy Delevigne, L’Wren Scott, Charlotte Dellal and Bella Freud. Comme des Garçons already has lined up its next fragrance projects. It will launch a signature scent for Dover Street Market on Thursday, as well as a fragrance called Standard for the Finnish design firm Artek next month.