BELLS DU JOUR: Dutch couturiers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren of Viktor & Rolf will be celebrating Christmas in July — sort of. Clothes decorated with thousands of tiny bells will be jingling at their show on Wednesday afternoon, which will close the fall couture season. At a preview of the 12-piece collection on Monday, the designers explained that they wanted to create clothes with an “aura,” not merely an image. To make their musical suits and coats, they cleaned out trimmings shops across Europe of tiny gold and silver bells. And they also emptied a few jewelry vaults around the world. The Diamond Information Center is a sponsor, providing the duo with glittering bracelets.
TEEN SCENE: Oops! Until late Monday night, it looked like pop singer Britney Spears might attend the Yves Saint Laurent show here on Wednesday. She had been slated to come to Paris to shoot the October cover for American Elle and squeeze in a few shows. But even if Spears doesn’t show, the paparazzi will still be busy with the likes of Tom Ford, Hedi Slimane, Catherine Deneuve and Lauren Bacall all expected in the front row.
RITZY RENOVATION: The French fashion crowd showed up Sunday night at the Ritz, where Saks Fifth Avenue hosted a party to celebrate its $100 million overhaul of the New York flagship. Among the designers present were Oscar de la Renta, Narciso Rodriguez and rabidly camera-shy Veronique Branquinho. Mingling with the store’s top brass were LVMH’s Yves Carcelle, Givenchy’s Marianne Tesler, YSL’s Mark Lee, Chloe’s Ralph Toledano and Christian Lacroix’s Jean-Pierre Debu. The event, to fete Saks’ commitment to the designer business, was also a coming-out party for Saks Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Brad Martin, who is attending his first couture season. And the reaction from the novice? “It’s extraordinary to see the innovation and workmanship,” he said in between photos with all his favorite suppliers.
SIDEWALK COUTURE: Guerrilla fashion shows are becoming an international trend for upstart designers craving a little media attention amid the titans of fashion. On Monday, as retailers, editors and clients were exiting the Pascal Humbert show, a van pulled up, threw open its doors, blasted heavy-metal music and held an impromptu fashion show on the street. The stunt, staged by the fashion label Chatelaine, was reminiscent of what New York designer Lola Faturoti did last February: planted her models right outside of Ralph Lauren for all the heavy-hitters to see.