GOING ONCE…: The denouement at Yves Saint Laurent couture is finally playing out its final moments. Most remaining employees are slated to exit 5 Avenue Marceau for the last time next Thursday, some nine months after the legendary couturier staged his retirement collection.
What comes next? The designer and couture chief Pierre Bergé remain mum on their intentions, but the rumor mill is churning possibilities galore. Sources say the fabled premises are being considered for the YSL Museum in the remote and industrial 19th arrondissement. Meanwhile, Bergé’s eponymous auction house is gearing up for its first sale. Word has it the Plaza Athenee hotel will play host Dec. 5 to 10.
TOTAL SELLOUT: If you haven’t picked up Grace Coddington’s 408-page retrospective tome, “Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue,” it might be too late. Copies of the $120 book on the shelves now are the last left. Publisher Steidl with nary a copy, can’t accept orders, and Coddington’s distributor, DAP, sold its remaining six press copies to Helmut Lang when the Coddington fan called up desperate for the book.
ON WITH THE SHOW: Sorry to miss Tuesday’s National Design awards at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Suzy Menkes made sure she had some presence for her friend Geoffrey Beene. The International Herald Tribune writer sent her likeness in the shape of a cookie, which former Saks Fifth Avenue publicist Helen O’Hagan planted on Beene’s place setting. Another absentee, Agnes Gund, was equally inventive. Unable to present Beene with his award as planned, Gund appeared in a homemade video, showing off dresses and coats from her closet, even turning up a cuff or two to accentuate the reversible fabric.