LOGOMANIA: Gucci is getting lots of free publicity this week — albeit in strange places. Outside the entrances to major runway venues in Paris, including the Carrousel du Louvre, sidewalks have been meticulously spray-painted with the Gucci name in gold and silver. Those attending the Martin Margiela show earlier this week ascended a staircase with the Gucci name emblazoned on every step. What gives? An e-mail being passed around Europe suggests that it might be some sort of protest. (The Anti-Fashion Conglomerate Brigade? Enemies of Luxury?) Whatever the message, it was lost on the fashion flock and Gucci itself, which had no comment or theories about the mysterious graffiti.
SUNNY DAYS: Acclaimed Paris interior designer Andree Putnam is dipping a toe in the hot accessories market, launching a small collection of sunglasses with French firm Groupe L’Amy. It will be unveiled next week in Paris. Putnam said she was inspired partly by the glasses widely worn by Parisians during the 1999 eclipse. Was she wearing them front-row this week at Viktor & Rolf? “No, I don’t have any for myself yet,” she said. “I was wearing some old Ray-Bans.”
OLIVIER’S TWIST: “I was completely surprised,” commented Olivier Theyskens of Wednesday’s appointment of Brit designer Julien Macdonald to pilot Givenchy. “I knew there was a British guy in the running, but I don’t even know this Macdonald’s work.” Theyskens, Karl Lagerfeld’s front-row guest Thursday at Chanel, was long considered among the frontrunners to succeed Alexander McQueen at the LVMH-controlled house. “I’m glad it’s all over,” said Theyskens. “I could have done Givenchy, but my fashion is very personal. You can’t approach design in the same way when you work for a big couture house.” Is he disappointed? “Not at all. Personally, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do Givenchy. And now I won’t be assaulted every day with questions. I’m ready for a vacation.”