It was referred to on these pages as “Quelle Bombe,” and now, it seems “Ready to Wear” is living up to expectations. The film opened Christmas Day in the 13th slot at the box office and hasn’t gained much ground since, grossing only $6.7 million in 740 theaters. Nonetheless, the film’s director, Robert Altman, remains undaunted by the early listings. He was overheard recently saying that “The Player” didn’t open well either. Yes, but at least “The Player” got good reviews.

There was a triple hit for fashion in France’s New Year’s honors list. Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Feraud were promoted to officers of the Legion d’Honneur, the body’s second rank, while LVMH chief Bernard Arnault was made a chevalier, the first rank.