FLOOR SHOW: There was a sit-in at Giancarlo Giammetti’s Paris apartment Sunday night, when Giammetti opened his opulent Peter Marino-designed duplex on the Quai d’Orsay for a buffet dinner honoring his tanned and tireless business partner, Valentino. Mikhail Baryshnikov, Nati Abascal, Marina Cicogna and Susan Gutfreund soon filled every available seat, while late-arriving guests were still queuing at the buffet. One contingent of young New Yorkers heeded Giammetti’s advice — to hit the floor. Soon, Rena Sindi, Jennifer Creel, Tori Burch and Gigi Mortimer were eating their mozzarella di bufala at the foot of a wall-sized Francis Bacon on the polished wooden floor. When Giammetti joined them down there, Suzy Menkes had to go down on bended knee to tell her host good night. “Stay,” he implored her. “I have to go write about your show,” replied the critic. “Then go!” he cried, pointing toward the door. Menkes laughed, but added, “When I asked Valentino, ‘Should I stay or should I go write about your show?’ he said, ‘As you wish.”‘ Giammetti shot back, “That’s the difference between me and him.”
EASY RIDER: Forget that chauffeured Hispano-Suizo. Model Stella Tennant has been zipping around Paris on a yellow BMW motorcycle, driven by a professional, of course. “You get in front of everyone at fittings,” she said at Chanel, indeed the first to arrive Monday after the Ungaro show. “I just really need to get around fast.” Tennant said she’s been using the same female chauffeur for “ages,” since she finds the mode of transportation ideal, especially during the jam-packed ready-to-wear shows.
RUNWAY TO REALITY: Rebecca Carcelle, the wife of LVMH fashion and leather goods chief Yves Carcelle, didn’t waste any time before starting to sport the new-look Givenchy. At a dinner and party the house threw after Julien Macdonald’s debut at the house Sunday night, Carcelle wore a one-shoulder cocktail dress with an asymmetrical hem. It’s part of a capsule collection of evening dresses slated to hit stores in October.
SPECIALIZE: You probably know the work even if you don’t know the man. Hubert Barrere has designed corsets for Christian Dior, Emanuel Ungaro, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney — for whom he whipped up the corset integrated into Madonna’s wedding gown. On Wednesday, the 38-year-old French man will move into the spotlight for the first time with his own couture collection. “The collection is based on the history of the corset from Eve to Madonna,” Barrere said. “I want to show that the corset can be modern. I believe the corset should be comfortable — I’m not into masochism — and that it should glorify a women’s body.” Meanwhile, he plans to use the couture as a springboard to launch a ready-to-wear collection, which is slated to debut in Paris in October.
HIS AND HERS: Colette, the hip fashion emporium here, debuted Hedi Slimane’s collection for Dior Homme at retail last week in time to coincide with the back-to-back men’s and couture fashion presentations. And it was a smash. According to a spokeswoman for the Rue Saint Honore shop, which featured the clothes on both men’s and women’s mannequins, it has almost sold out. “Its arrival caused a big stir,” said the spokeswoman, adding that Colette purchased extra-small sizes for women. “Women love Dior Homme,” she said. “We’ve sold almost as much to women as to men.”