Wide-Eyed Leelee: “He’s very, very charming,” Leelee Sobieski declared after the Christian Dior show, which she spent at the side of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault. “People are people, and he’s a really nice guy.” They talked about his wife, his daughter Delphine, school, and the Mediterranean exhibit LVMH is sponsoring at the Grand Palais. Sobieski, who just finished three films, is on a hiatus until December and this was her first fashion show. Will her association with Dior continue, an ad campaign perhaps? “We’ll see,” Sobieski said. Other notables at the show included Azzedine Alaia, Naomi Campbell, China Chow, Jade Jagger and a lineup of young fabulons, including Lola and Stella Schnabel.
Hot Commodity: Some thought it pretentious. Others just wrote it off as more fashion hype. But American retailers are reacting strongly to a letter they received from Yves Saint Laurent instructing them to collect their invitations to Friday’s hotly anticipated show by Tom Ford in person on Thursday or forfeit them. “Please note that due to the intimate nature of the setting and the very limited number of seats available+there are no additional tickets available. Any tickets not picked up by 6 p.m. will be reassigned to other persons.” A YSL spokesman said that this was simply a logistical decision and common practice with European retailers.
Lights, Camera: Model Angela Lindvall may have been absent from the Paris runways, but she’s still in front of a camera. She’s in Luxembourg filming her first movie,”CQ,” the first feature project by Roman Coppola, son of Francis Ford Coppola. The film is set in Paris in the late Sixties and tells the story of a young American director of low-budget sci-fi films. Lindvall, in her first acting part, stars opposite Gerard Depardieu.
Ghesquiere’s Gold: Having practically picked the shelves clean at Callaghan in Milan, the fashion pack is now foraging for more Nicolas Ghesquiere at the Balenciaga flagship store on Avenue George V. The store has been the site of a feeding frenzy not seen for years in Paris.
Employees at Callaghan’s Milan boutique said that sales have quadrupled in the past month thanks to visiting editors, retailers and stylists. The hottest items: chiffon blouses, cropped leather jackets and patchwork skirts.
Pinto Sails to Nina: Fashion veteran Andrea Pinto has become the new general director of Nina Ricci’s fashion division. Pinto, who is Italian and 48 years old, held a similar post at Mila Schon until earlier this year and before that was an industry consultant. During his five years at Schon, he was the driving force behind the company’s relaunch and its push into the American market.
“This new job will be a big challenge for me, and I am excited,” Pinto told WWD. “I have every reason to believe that Nina Ricci, under the guidance of the Puig Group, will become a very successful label.” He begins work on Monday and will report to Mariano Puig, the president of Nina Ricci and chief of the group. The Spanish fragrance company, which also owns Paco Rabanne fashion and fragrances, bought Ricci two years ago with the aim of revitalizing the brand.