AT FIRST BLUSH: Could Jean Paul Gaultier, the French designer who put men in skirts, now be sending them to the makeup counter? Rumor has it that Beauté Prestige International, his beauty licensee, is about to launch color cosmetics for men under the Gaultier label, along with a new men’s fragrance. As a teaser, BPI just sent beauty journalists in Europe mysterious little black boxes containing an eraser. “Erase your preconceptions,” an insert advises. The media is also invited to the Paris event on June 27, which happens to be the same day as Gaultier’s men’s fashion show.
BPI executives could not be reached for comment.
RAI OF LIGHT: Arresting Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai has just landed herself a new leading role — as an international ambassadress for L’Oréal Paris. Rai joins a long list of actresses-cum-spokesmodels for L’Oréal including Catherine Deneuve and Andie MacDowell. Rai recently sat on the jury of Cannes International Film Festival and was a former Miss World. Her films credits include “Devdas” and the upcoming Anglo-Indian version of “Pride and Prejudice.”
CRAZY IN VERSACE: Beyoncé Knowles, one third of the pop trio Destiny’s Child, might have missed the Versace show last year but is making up for it in her new video, Crazy in Love. Knowles wears a orange silk minidress with fuchsia chiffon insets from the spring collection along with matching jewels. Meanwhile, the songstress donned a green silk bustier dress from Versace’s fall 2003 collection for the MTV Movie Awards, which air tonight.
CARDONA’S ANGELS: Newly minted Cerruti designer David Cardona doesn’t have any plans to give up his signature line, as fashion fans who flock to see “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” will notice when it hits theaters June 27. For stars Drew Barrymore and Lucy’s Liu’s pivotal fight scene with nemesis Demi Moore, costume designer Joseph Aulisi tapped Cardona to customize two black leather jackets from his fall 2003 collection for the actresses. “My collection was very aggressive and bitchy, and I think that’s what the studio wanted for this scene,” said Cardona from his Santa Monica, Calif., studio. “Both jackets [long-sleeved for Barrymore and short-sleeved for Liu] are corseted and tight on the body.” Angel lovers can order their very own jackets, which retail for $2,900 and $1,800, respectively, but at least they won’t have to order eight copies of each, as Columbia Pictures did to accommodate stunt doubles and damage done during the cat fight de la creme.
THIERRY CLOTH: There was an extra sense of urgency at a Thierry Mugler press sale in Paris Wednesday, since owner Clarins plans to soon shutter the fashion house to focus on the fragrance business. Journalists got first dibs on a piece of fashion history from a hodgepodge of suits and sportswear from Mugler’s 2002 collections. It was a sad moment for Mugler diehards, who lamented the dearth of hard-core Eighties looks like corseted suits. “I’m looking for collector’s items,” said Odette Bombardier, an accessories designer shopping the sale. “It’s the end of an era. But Mugler isn’t the same any more.” Dominique le Couturier, television producer, had to admit she’s not surprised the house is closing. “It doesn’t correspond to the image of the modern women anymore,” she said. “It became too sophisticated: fashion for women on a pedestal.” Still, a bargain’s a bargain: Prices start at about $30. The sale, now open to the public, runs through Saturday.