LANDING AT LANVIN? Word is that Lanvin has found a successor for outgoing designer Ocimar Versolato — at Prada. Christina Ortiz, Miuccia Prada’s right hand, who recently resigned, is said to be getting the Lanvin job. The house is expected to make the announcement on Friday. Lanvin president Gerald Asaria declined to comment on the reports, and Ortiz could not be reached for comment. As reported, Versolato will be concentrating on his own line.
FEELING BULLISH: Fashion’s not the only game in town. Michael Jordan headed straight for Paris’s Buddha Bar for dinner, after he and all those other guys who play for the Chicago Bulls rolled into town on Wednesday. The team is in town for a series of exhibition games. Tickets sold out last June.
Elsewhere, on Friday night, many of the fashion faithful will take time out to go to the Daft Punk concert. The dance band is the biggest news in French music since Edith Piaf.
ROCK-BOTTOM RATES: What does it cost to get a model to pose nude? Too much, says Guy Laroche designer Alber Elbaz, who was determined to go through with his idea for an optical illusion, she’s-dressed-she’s-nude cover on a tape-recorded invitation for his show today. So he skipped the agencies and went to an illustration of the female body featured in the Visual Dictionary, published out of Montreal. The ideal girl was a steal at $250.
HISTOIRE UNE-ZERO-UNE: Those who were appalled by the Kawakubo-Margiela goings-on at the Conciergerie on Tuesday night don’t know just how rough things can get at that place. Exactly 204 years before the joint showings, poor Marie Antoinette was spending her last days in one piece, imprisoned within its ominous arches. She got the ax October 16, 1793.
STORES GALORE: Christian Dior just spent millions renovating its Avenue Montaigne flagship, and now that it’s finished, the house is full of new projects. Next spring, new Dior stores will open in Tokyo and on Paris’s Left Bank. Then, Bernard Arnault says it’s likely Dior will shift its attention back to Paris’s Right Bank, where earlier this year, the company acquired the old Courreges boutique on the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore.