Juggling career and motherhood is second nature for popular Paris headhunter Floriane de Saint Pierre – even when receiving a Legion of Honor medal from the French state. While business titan Francois Pinault praised her audaciousness, rigorous discipline and passionate approach to her work, her youngest son Gabriel, 22 months, was having none of it, rushing to her for attention. Also on hand were industrial designer Marc Newson, Azzaro designer Vanessa Seward and Nino Cerruti.

SECRET RECIPE: What’s the one thing a multi-millionaire best-selling author needs to do on her down time? “To learn to cook,” according to Silicon Valley financier Tom Perkins, Danielle Steel’s friend and ex-husband. Steel, who sat in her habitual front row perch at the Christian Lacroix couture show Tuesday, isn’t planning on lending her prose to the joy of cooking, however. “I said I would cook something for him and he was afraid,” joked Steel, who has been busy editing her new book, “Rogue.”

A HELPING HAND: Paco Rabanne’s metallic minis may be a distant glimmer, but at a recent retrospective in Kiev, he took a shine to a new designer he claims is full of Eastern promise. To help her on her way, Rabanne has helped co-ordinate the first couture show of the Ukrainian-based designer Vernika Jeanvi, showing today [ED: July 4] at Paris’ Galerie Nikki. “Let’s just say I’ve taken on the role of the grandfather,” said Rabanne of Jeanvi, whose collection includes a dress enrobed in a metallic chains as well as a line of summer furs.

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