FUR SURE: John Galliano kicked off couture week with his Egyptian extravaganza for Christian Dior on Monday, and tonight, he’s presenting the main event for the start of men’s fashion week in Paris. Staging the first runway show for his new signature men’s collection, Galliano is sure to get the fur flying. “Full-on furs for boys? Why not?” the designer said during a preview, showing off a picture in his inspiration book of John Wayne on a movie set sporting a co-star’s fur chubby with his cowboy hat between takes. Besides fur coats, Galliano has also added fuzzy moon boots and hats to style into the mix. Having introduced bias cuts to tailored suits for his debut line, Galliano plans to extend the technique to shirts and even trenchcoats. But expect a mad mix of references, from Casanovas to hustlers. Don’t be surprised if a model leaps onto your lap.
TWO HEADS, MANY HATS: Milliner Stephen Jones first met Azzedine Alaïa more than 20 years ago, when Jones first came to Paris seeking advice on how to break into French fashion. “We’ve known each other socially ever since, but he’s never popped the question, until now.” The query: “Will you collaborate with me on hats?” Needless to say, Jones said, “Yes,” and the results go on display today at Alaïa’s showroom in the Marais, where he’s welcoming buyers and select press to his latest summer and fall designs.
SHOOT-OUT: What do Calvin Klein and James Galanos have in common? Both are pursuing photography in their free time. Sitting front row at the Ralph Rucci show Thursday, Galanos said he’s taking his new hobby “quite seriously” and is contemplating an exhibition soon. In the meantime, the retired designer is taking snapshot tips from the likes of William Claxton and Michael Childers. But landscapes, not dresses, are what make him snap. “I’m totally out of the fashion thing,” he said, “except for Ralph.”
WHOSE MUSE: ‘It’s my first time at his couture,” said actress Emmanuelle Seigner, one of Tom Ford’s muses for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, as she arrived at Jean Paul Gaultier Wednesday night. “We met on a television show, and he invited me,” she added. Meanwhile, another woman closely associated with YSL, Catherine Deneuve, praised Gaultier’s technical prowess as she settled into her seat. “He’s one of my absolute favorites,” she said, adding that she will start a new film with French director André Téchiné in April. “It’s a variation on the theme of love,” said Deneuve of the yet-to-be-named movie. “You know, it’s all about life.”
HEAVEN SCENT: Revelers rode to the first floor of the Eiffel Tower Wednesday night for a whiff of altitude, and the scents Visionaire magazine had designers and photographers concoct for its latest issue. But Hedi Slimane, who recently took charge of fragrance at Dior Homme, already has moved on from his contribution. He said he was sporting the new scent he’s developing for the house. Karl Lagerfeld, with Amanda Harlech and model Brad Kroenig in tow, bypassed the canapés to check out the installation for his Hunger scent, which smells like bread. Then, with no calorie intake, he and his entourage whisked down the elevator for a quick costume change before the Sidaction AIDS benefit dinner.