YSL With Love: Who loves ya? Yves Saint Laurent does. Messengers from YSL Couture made the rounds of Paris on Monday afternoon with bagsful of “Love,” a tiny book by the designer. The volume, which was sent to clients and the press, is a compilation of 30 cards sent out by the designer since 1970. They include Matisse-like cutouts, collages of doodled calling cards and even an Andy Warhol print of Moujik, Saint Laurent’s French bulldog — all emblazoned with the word “love.”
This isn’t the only retrospective project on tap from Saint Laurent. The YSL Museum that opened here in February will unveil its first exhibition on Oct. 26. The show will draw on Saint Laurent’s couture collections from the Eighties through last season, and each dress will be displayed alongside its prototype toile. Called “Moments de Creation,” the exhibition will run through January 2001.
Eau de Lagerfeld: As if he doesn’t have enough other fashion projects, Karl Lagerfeld is gearing up to launch another fragrance, his first new signature scent in three years. It will be called Karl Lagerfeld Femme and will hit French and German perfumery shelves at the end of November, with a men’s version expected to roll out in 2001. American sculptor Cec LePage designed the bottle. Lagerfeld is a big fan of the artist’s brightly colored designs — so much so that he plans to exhibit LePage creations at his Paris gallery soon. Lagerfeld’s last new scent was Jako. The designer, who is preparing for his Chanel show on Thursday and Lagerfeld Gallery presentation Friday, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Sign of Leo: Neither a beard nor a baseball cap nor a discreet corner table could disguise the fact that it was Leonardo DiCaprio having a late dinner at Dave on Saturday night. The dead giveaway? He was there with Gisele Bundchen, of course. She came in to the fashion canteen around 11 p.m. alone to scope out the place and returned with him about 15 minutes later. The two are planning to spend time together after the shows in Rome, where DiCaprio is shooting “Gangs of New York.” Dave is still the hottest place to be. Tom Ford is expected to have his post-show bash there after his YSL collection Friday.
Boys Don’t Model: If Butch Chic has a poster girl, it must be Eleonora Bose, the broad-shouldered, tattooed beauty who made such a strong impression at the Gucci show in Milan last week. Of Italian and Spanish descent, the 22-year-old IMG model hails from Madrid, and her family has major show-business ties in Spain. Her grandmother acted in Fellini films; her grandfather is a famous bullfighter, and her mother and aunt were both models. Bose is slated to do Christian Dior today and Givenchy, Chloe and John Galliano later in the week, according to her booker.
Fright Night: When Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren did their Viktor & Rolf Russian doll collection last year, in which they dressed Maggie Rizer on a turntable in ever-more-voluminous layers as the audience roared, they said to each other: Never again. “We both have stage fright,” Snoeren explained. But they overcame it again on Sunday night to do a tap-dance finale for their show. Snoeren said that they only spent two days practicing their routine, and “we’re happy that we did it well.”