BRAVO TAKES A BOW: Rose Marie Bravo, who steps down as Burberry chief executive in July, scooped the award for Export Personality of the Year at the annual U.K. Fashion Export Awards. Bravo, decked out in a navy blue trapeze coat with shiny buttons, and stacked heels, curtsied to Anne, the Princess Royal, the charity’s patron, after receiving the honor during a gala lunch at London’s Landmark Hotel. “I’m very proud — and especially proud of my team,” said Bravo, who’d invited a representative from each Burberry department to the lunch. The awards celebrate British fashion brands that have made strides in foreign markets. It’s a big week for Bravo. Today, she will make her final presentation to financial markets as Burberry’s chief when the company announces its 2004-’05 fiscal results. “It’s been a long goodbye,” she said. “I’m sad to be leaving the team, my people — and this fantastic country.”
MISCHA IMPOSSIBLE: Mischa Barton, who is already the face of contemporary brand Bebe, has yet another fashion gig. French fast-fashion retailer Morgan has tapped the actress to star in its fall ad campaign. Shot in Los Angeles by Patrick Demarchelier, the ads are slated to break in August issue of European fashion magazines.
ORANGE CRUSH: Celebrities and mere mortals alike were packed into Longchamp’s new Spring Street flagship on Tuesday night for the grand opening. Susan Sarandon and her daughter Eva Amurri, Eva Mendes, Lucy Liu, Maggie Rizer, Lydia Hearst and an expectant Maggie Gyllenhaal were ushered up the store’s impressive orange curving steel stairway for their requisite photo ops, then onto a couch in the center of the packed party, where they all chatted and hugged endlessly. “I came to see the store, and my daughter just got out of school and she wanted to come, so it worked out perfectly,” said Sarandon, who carried her pooch in one of the brand’s suede bags. Liu came for her friends. “My roommate is a big Longchamp fan and I have a friend that designs handbags, so I came for them,” said Liu.
EXHIBITIONISTS: Louis Vuitton, which last January inaugurated a gallery atop its Paris flagship, continues to work the fashion-art angle. For its next exhibition, bowing Sept. 12, Vuitton has tapped the likes of James Turrell, Sylvie Fleury, Ugo Rondinone, Zaha Hadid and Bob Wilson and given them carte blanche to pay homage to iconic Vuitton bags like the Speedy and Bucket. Fleury, for example, has done a heavy metal version of the Keepall in nickel chrome that already inspired some of Marc Jacobs’ bags for fall. Meanwhile, the Vanessa Beecroft exhibition that christened the Vuitton space is on the move, headed to art fairs in Berlin and São Paolo.
QUEEN FOR A DAY: “It was about time a good movie about Marie-Antoinette was made,” Lady Antonia Fraser quipped Tuesday night at an American Library dinner in Paris. Fraser, author of the Marie-Antoinette biography that inspired Sofia Coppola for her film, spent the week in Paris promoting the French release of her book, published by Flammarion. “Sofia’s version is slightly different from the book. But then, there are differences between an historian and a movie director,” she mused. “Marie-Antoinette,” already in French theaters, hits U.S. screens Oct. 13. Meanwhile, Fraser isn’t letting go of French history: Her next book, “Love and Louis XIV,” will take readers back to Versailles again.
PICTURE PERFECT: “There’s even a snapshot of me,” joked Pierre Bergé as he hosted the opening of “Andre Ostier, Photographies,” an exhibit of the late celebrity photographer’s works at the Pierre Bergé & Yves Saint Laurent Foundation last week in Paris. The snapshot in question (postage-stamp in size) was one of the smallest in the show. But it still was significant to Bergé. “It’s me with Bernard Buffet,” he said proudly, after spiriting Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe around the show. “Obviously, I was a tad younger.” Indeed, for many on hand, including Phillipine de Rothschild, Helene Rochas, Edmonde Charles-Roux, Helene de Ludinghausen, Doris Brynner, Jacqueline de Ribes, Sao Schumberger and Betty Catroux, the exhibit, with Ostier’s portraits of artists from Picasso to Truman Capote in one room, and extravagant party pictures in another, was a walk down memory lane. “Parties just aren’t the same,” lamented Ludinghausen. “Imagine getting dressed up like that today.”
Many of Ostier’s most recognizable shots — including a handful of Yves Saint Laurent (who stayed put chez lui for the opening after supervising the last details earlier in the day) — are his bubbly reportages of the over-the-top costume balls and dinners from Europe’s social swirl in the ’50s and ’60s, including the Baron de Rede’s famous Bal des Tetes in 1957, the lavish Bal Oriental in 1969 and Carlos de Beistegui’s opulent 1951 Venice ball at the Palazzo Labia. YSL designer Stefano Pilati remarked how many of the shots seemed vaguely impressed in his memory. “It’s like music from the Sixties,” he quipped. “You know the tunes, but not all of the words.” The show, which runs through July 28, will be followed this fall with an exploration of the theme of travel in Saint Laurent’s work.