PARTY GAME: Fashion’s version of musical chairs continues. Just after the official news that Lanvin recruited Cristina Ortiz from Prada to be its new women’s designer, Prada raided Gucci and hired its international advertising director, Sally Altrocchi. Altrocchi will be in charge of all Prada’s advertising projects and budgets. She joined Gucci in September 1994.
TRANCE-FORMED: Linger too long at a dinner party and you might just find yourself hypnotized. That’s exactly what happened to several guests at a dinner Sunday night in Paris hosted by Valentino. At Giancarlo Giammetti’s Quai d’Orsay apartment high above the Seine, one guest sat hypnotized in a chair while several were sprawled on a sofa — under a Cy Twombly painting and in front of a Francis Bacon. Those present included Irene Amic, Doris Brynner, Mario Testino, Ross Bleckner, Tim Jeffries and Lucas White.
The hypnosis came courtesy of Amber Valletta’s father, Robert Valletta, who was just in from hometown Tulsa, Okla. And what were the magic words to put his subjects in a trance? “You are a rag doll,” Valletta repeated slowly. “You are a rag doll.”
BERGE’S BRITISH BENT: Last week Pierre Berge announced the house of Saint Laurent was funding the restoration of the French wing of London’s National Gallery — and now he’s talking about building a whole museum. Berge is disgruntled that the Louvre, which recently acquired the painting “Saint Thomas” by Georges de la Tour from him, Yves Saint Laurent and the house, has never publicly acknowledged their donations. So he’s set his sights across the Channel. (And, as if the $1.6 million donation to the gallery wasn’t enough, Saint Laurent is playing Santa by shelling out $400,000 for the Christmas lights on London’s Regent Street via his British men’s wear licensee, the Marchpole Group.)
The whole museum mess has got Berge thinking. “Yves Saint Laurent and I have no heirs, so we have to figure out which museums we’ll donate our collections to,” Berge explained. “Or I could call Frank Gehry and ask him to design me a museum in Marrakech. But we have plenty of time to think about that….I hope we have plenty of time.”