CANINE NON GRATIS: No one knows if YSL men’s wear designer Hedi Slimane is quitting or not, but one thing’s for sure — his fox terrier, Ernest, is no longer welcome chez Saint Laurent. A colleague apparently complained about the dog, and the workers’ committee wrote to Slimane to tell him he was no longer allowed to bring Ernest to the office. Did he bite anyone? “Certainly not,” said a shocked Slimane. “Ernest is very genteel.” Just one more sign that times are a-changin’ over on the Avenue Marceau. It wasn’t so long ago that Yves Saint Laurent’s Mujik and Pierre Berge’s Ficelle ruled the roost.
MOORE OR LESS: So far it’s been slim pickings on the celebrity front at the Paris shows — unless you haven’t already had your fill of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Seinfeld, who turned up with the regulars at Chloe. Today, however, Julianne Moore is expected to make a front-row appearance at the Chanel show. The actress, who has been nominated for an Academy Award for “The End of the Affair,” is on every designer’s hit list for Oscar night. And while she turned up at a few shows in New York, this will be her first — and only — European appearance.
RIDING HIGH: A professional rodeo girl is judged on three things: personality, horsemanship and appearance. But at the hoedown Wednesday night at Colette to celebrate Lisa Eisner’s book, “Rodeo Girl,” sponsored by Polo Ralph Lauren, appearances ruled the ranch, with fashion groupies gawking at real cowboys practicing their lasso techniques and champion rodeo girls taking styling cues from the hard-core fashion fanatics in their Martin Margiela denim skirts and vintage Pucci tops.
“It’s fun to see all the different interpretations of western,” Brandy DeJongh, Miss Rodeo America, observed diplomatically. She was decked-out in a sparkling purple outfit and holding court with her runner-up, Brandy Elliot, Miss Rodeo Texas, in a similar green getup. Clutching Budweisers or shots of bourbon, a steady parade of partiers, including Vidal Sassoon, Gina Gershon and Carmen Kass elbowed their way to the back of the store to pay homage to “the two Brandys.”
But lest one think the gulch between real western wear and Parisian style is too broad to span, consider Sarah, the one-named daughter of Colette. She wore a stars-and-stripes blouse from Viktor & Rolf that looked uncannily like one worn by a real rodeo girl in one of Eisner’s photos.
STREET SMART: If Cartier has its way, Louis Vuitton won’t be the only luxe giant with a megastore on the Champs-Elysees. Sources close to the famed jewelry firm say its executives are dying to get their hands on some property on the city’s busiest avenue. Reps from Cartier have already toured several sites, but are holding out for the best possible location. Officially, however, Stanislas de Quercize, the president of Cartier France, says the company is pursuing possible locations on the Champs-Elysees as it would “explore any interesting street.”
MAKING SCENTS: Loewe will launch a new fragrance in October, its first in four years. Developed by Firmenich’s Olivier Cresp — the nose behind Thierry Mugler’s Angel and Cacharel’s Noa — the perfume will be rolled out in 40 countries. A spokesperson for Loewe would not reveal the name of the product or plans for its advertising campaign.