MOUNA-STRUCK: Are wedding bells in the near future for Mouna Ayoub? Tout Paris is buzzing about Ayoub and her new beau, Dominique Desseigne, the president of casino, hotel and restaurant chain Group Lucien Barriere, whose most famous property is the landmark Paris brasserie Fouquet’s.
Ayoub and Desseigne have been inseparable in recent weeks, attending parties and weddings together, fueling speculation they may be engaged. Ayoub, who just auctioned off a chunk of her wardrobe for charity at Christie’s, was in Morocco last week and could not be reached for comment.
VIVA VIVIER: What promises to be the most exciting footwear launch of the year is taking shape. The legendary Roger Vivier brand, now owned by Tod’s Diego Della Valle, will be relaunched during the July couture shows in Paris with a new boutique and a fall-winter line designed by Bruno Frisoni.
The designer has had his own brand since 1999 and has in the past designed shoes for Christian Lacroix.
Tod’s is keeping details under wraps, but the collection is said to reflect the quality, heritage and originality of the house, but stops short of reissuing vintage styles. Tod’s bought the vast archives and rights to the Roger Vivier name in 2000. Vivier, who died in 1998, is credited with creating the first stiletto heel and thigh-high boot, and also worked closely with Christian Dior.
HOUSE OF QUEENS: If the fashion world needed extra indication that the uptown-downtown distinction is obsolete, it got it Thursday night when Patricia Field introduced her House of Field line at Bendel’s before a crowd of nearly 500 people. Monica Lewinsky, Kim Cattrall and Darren Star mixed and mingled with downtown scenesters like performance artist-drag queen Kevin Aviance, DJ Danny Tenaglia, Paper magazine’s Mickey Boardman, and, of course, Field herself. So what’s happening with Fields other endeavor, “Sex and the City”? Field wasn’t talking, but co-star Kim Catttrall said, “Right now, we’re celebrating having a baby.” Are they shooting? “Production has been halted while we get through the first trimester. We’ll take it from there.”
ART ATTACK: PS1’s artistic director Alanna Heiss opened the doors of her painfully well-appointed TriBeCa loft Thursday night for a fete in honor of artist Sabina Streeter. The CFDA’s Peter Arnold; artist Lawrence Wiener; illustrator Mats Gudnason; designers Fernando Sanchez and Larissa; photographers Eric Boman, Christophe von Hohenberg and Torkil Gudnason; Bogner’s Rados Protic and her husband Juergen Fischer turned up to raise a glass. Larissa had not yet checked out how she looks in Streeter’s latest work — oversized gestural drawings in Barneys windows — but planned to do so. Asked about her sitting for the artist, Larissa, who is known to carry constantly a photo of a black-haired Marlene Dietrich in “A Touch of Evil” in her wallet, explained, “I just sent Sabina a photo,” drawing from her cigarette dramatically. “She sketches from pictures.”
HOT SHOTS: Ariel Meyerowitz teamed up with Time Out New York to unveil an exhibition Thursday night in her SoHo gallery of the magazine’s “Untitled” photos that appear on its last page.
This marks her first collaboration with a magazine, and others may follow, she said. Her father, Joel, is still hard at work, compiling the city’s Ground Zero archives. The lensman, who had to sneak into the site early on, is now the only photographer with 24/7 access to Ground Zero. He shot 7,000 medium and large-format photos in 100 days and continues to work there, his daughter said. She will stage a show of his work in September. Father and daughter have yet to visit the site together. “He doesn’t always go at the best times — like 1 a.m. That’s when I like to sleep,” she laughed.
The elder Meyerowitz is currently traveling with a State Department-sponsored exhibition of his work that is being shown in American embassies and city museums overseas.