SECURITY RULES: Add bomb threats to the list of headaches facing designers showing in Paris this season. Police evacuated the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday evening for the second time this month after receiving an anonymous phone tip-off, snarling traffic and delaying the handful of shows scheduled on the first day of Paris Fashion Week. Didier Grumbach, president of the Chambre Syndicale — French fashion’s governing body — said Wednesday he hoped government warnings of a heightened terror risk would not interfere unduly with the nine-day show schedule. There is no tent pitched at the foot of the Eiffel Tower this season and designers are no longer showing at the Carrousel du Louvre, the underground venue where tight security caused long delays in the aftermath of 9/11. “It does worry us, but it is worth reminding people that in Paris, fashion is completely invisible,” said Grumbach, noting Paris does not stage public events during the ready-to-wear displays. “Frankly, it is not like the Cannes Film Festival,” he said. That might change in future, however. Grumbach said he had been contacted by Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë with a view to turning Paris Fashion Week into a citywide event, like the “Milano Loves Fashion” festival staged by Milanese mayor Letizia Moratti.
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LIVING LIKE THE HILFIGERS: “The sale did three times as much as we expected,” said Sam Pizzichillo, manager of Vintage Galleries in Stamford, Conn., which auctioned 500 of Tommy Hilfiger’s furnishings, antiques and artwork Sunday afternoon. The sale, which had 400 registered bidders live and online, included Austrian hand-painted hutches; Louis XIV-style armchairs; upholstered French settees; an antique Victorian desk; a vintage sleigh and carriage; signed Picassos, and ironically, a Ralph Lauren sideboard which went for $1,800, “wildly beating the estimate,” he said. The top bid of $20,000 was for a haberdashery display cabinet. In total, the auction brought in more than $400,000, money Hilfiger can put toward decorating his new 15,000-square-foot estate in Greenwich, Conn. (the former Hirschorn estate, which the designer bought last spring for $31.4 million). Hilfiger decided to consign some of the items in his vast collections after selling his Round Hill Road estate in Greenwich, as well as vacation homes in East Hampton, N.Y., and Vermont. Pizzichillo said Hilfiger plans another auction for even “better merchandise” in late November.