PLAT DU JOUR
THE STRIKE STARTS: French fashion editors finally took a walk. A score of journalists carried out their threat to boycott any show that was more than 30 minutes late by walking out of Rifat Ozbek when the show hadn’t begun 45 minutes after its scheduled time. The entire fashion staffs of French Elle, French Vogue and Marie Claire paraded out of the Salle Delorme of the Carrousel du Louvre after Elle editor Anne-Marie Perier gave the prearranged signal. And when some junior editors from Vogue lingered in their seats, union boss Joan Juliet Buck of French Vogue sent her fashion director Jenny Capitan back in to get them marching.
Observers noted that nobody walked out of the ChloA show when it ran 50 minutes late. “They treat Karl Lagerfeld and an English designer with a small ad budget somewhat differently,” commented one front-row editor. Now, everybody’s waiting to see what happens at Galliano and Gaultier.
MODEL TALK: The biggest rumor sweeping Paris is that Microsoft, the software giant, has put some supermodels on reserve for a possible ad campaign. A spokeswoman for the Redmond, Wash.-based company denied the rumor, and Monique Pillard, president of Elite Models in New York, said she hadn’t heard anything about it. One of the Elite bookers, however, said that the software company made some inquiries about models a few months ago, but the project never materialized.
CAROLYNE’S FINISHING SCHOOL, PART TWO: Carolyne Roehm has just finished her cooking course with Sheila de Rochambeau, and she’s already embarked on a second self-improvement course — an internship at Paris florist Moulie Savart. Store customers have been surprised to spy Carolyne in the back workroom, wearing gloves, busily clipping stems and fashioning fine bouquets.
YOU BETTER SHOP AROUND: When they’ve had free moments, some of the supermodels — Linda, Naomi and Elle Macpherson — have been shopping. As if Prada in Milan wasn’t enough, they’ve been hitting the company’s Rue de Grenelle store between shows, too. And what’s Paris without a visit to Azzedine Alaia? His hip number this season is a V-neck crocheted knit minidress — and Naomi picked one up earlier this week.
BANNING LE FIGARO: Scores of fashion groupies never managed to squeeze into the packed Comme des Garcons show Wednesday night, and neither did Le Figaro fashion editor Janie Samet. She was banned. The house was furious about a recent article she wrote, which reported that Comme had been prohibited from showing in a public market by a local mayor, after a controversy over several striped pajama suits in its January men’s wear show.
Several journalists have written that these were an unseemly reference to the Holocaust, a claim the house has vehemently denied. “She described the shirts as ‘an evocation of Auschwitz,”‘ said Adrian Jaffe, managing director of Comme des Garcons. “We have said again and again that we intended no reference to the Holocaust, as we told Janie Samet. But people can’t just write anything. There is a limit, so she was not invited.”
Asked about the incident, Samet opined, “It’s really not correct behavior.”