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GENDER BENDER: While Reese Witherspoon was about to receive her Oscar Stateside, French actress Nathalie Baye, last week’s winner of the best actress award at the Césars, was soaking up some front-row attention at Lanvin on Sunday. “At least I didn’t have to wear a mustache,” she said of her award-winning role as a police officer in “Le Petit Lieutenant,” a role that was originally cast for a man.

PILLOW TALK: Having just wrapped up “Mission Impossible 3,” Michelle Monaghan was roaming Parisian flea markets before starting her next film project, “Gone, Baby, Gone.” “I found this great Baroque art mirror,” she said at Louis Vuitton Sunday night. Monaghan is quite the designer herself, with a quirky hobby of designing pillowcases. “I’m so embarrassed about that,” she demurred. Monaghan was sitting next to Camilla Belle, who will be heading to South Africa for five months to film “10,000 B.C.” “It will be nice to be someplace warm,” she said. Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams said he was in town to check the first samples from his jewelry line for Vuitton, set to debut as early as the end of the year. “I’m happy to just take in the show and not worry about the music this year,” said Williams, who showed off his bling to Lee Radziwill.

HIDE AND SEEK: Fashion royalty mingled with real royalty at Miu Miu’s raucous party Sunday night at Lapérouse at the close of Paris Fashion Week. Princess Caroline of Monaco‘s sons Pierre and Andrea Casiraghi partied alongside designers Miuccia Prada, Olivier Theyskens, Sophia Kokosalaki, Stefano Pilati and a mob of models. “I’m lost,” declared model Caroline Winberg, trying to navigate the rickety restaurant’s warren of rooms. Gemma Ward, boogeying in the basement to Daft Punk DJs, said she plans to take up the violin to unwind after having clocked in 55 shows this season. “Music is a great way to get the frustration out and lose yourself,” she said, adding she’ll be starring in an independent Australian movie to be filmed this September.

This story first appeared in the March 7, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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