IN THE PINK: “Wow, those are some boots!” said Kate Bosworth, gawking at a pair of glossed-up patent leather thigh-highs worn by Numero’s Babeth Djian at Chanel’s celebrity-packed couture show on Tuesday. Bosworth said she was happy to get started filming her new flick, “21.” “Certain scenes will be shot in Boston, where I’m from, so my parents are thrilled.” The show was also a homecoming of sorts for Sofia Coppola. “This is my first Chanel couture show since I worked in the house as an intern in the Eighties,” said Coppola, who is taking time off from movie sets to care for her two-month-old daughter, Romy.
Victoria Beckham also was tending to household matters — literally. “I’m looking for a house in L.A.,” she said, without elaborating on her highly publicized move to the West Coast.
Rachel McAdams escaped excess paparazzi attention with her new hair colors: blonde with pink streaks. “I thought I might cut it soon, so it was a good time to try,” she said, clarifying that the two-tone look is not for any film role. “It’s just for my life.”
Sigourney Weaver, who sat chatting with Anna Mouglalis, said couture had a different buzz entirely from movie events such as the Oscars. “It’s totally new to me as it’s not part of my universe,” she said.
Over in the rock-star section, Marianne Faithfull, who snuggled up against Sean Lennon in the cold Grand Palais, divulged she’ll be singing one of his songs on her new album, due out next year. “That’s so sweet of you,” said Lennon, patting her knee.
Backstage, singer Cat Power, who performed live at Chanel, was having last-minute costume issues. “I don’t like my outfit,” she said, ripping off her jacket as she rushed back to find a less dressy black shirt. For Power, whose real name is Chan Marshall, the Chanel beat goes on: She just wrapped a campaign for the house’s costume jewelry collections.
Meanwhile, Karl Lagerfeld, mastermind of the photo op, concluded the show with a class photo, Chanel-style. When the last model exited the runway, a curtain opened to reveal the designer, models, hairdressers, manicurists, makeup artists plus Lagerfeld’s design studio and all the members of the couture workroom seated on bleachers — 221 strong.
NEW ARRIVALS: Inés Sastre‘s recent arrival may be only five months old, but baby son Diego already has proven an inspiration to the Spanish actress. “We’re discussing Baby Lancôme,” Sastre revealed at the Valentino show Monday. She kept mum about the details, but a baby skin care line would be the perfect extension to Sastre’s more than 10-year partnership with the L’Oréal-owned brand. Socialite Daphne Guinness said she was enjoying some down time after starring in and producing her second flick, “Cashback.” “It’s been pretty hectic as I’m also working on a book project,” she said.
VELVET ROPE: Although Giorgio Armani is staging one of his biggest couture shows yet tonight, welcoming some 600 guests, don’t expect to see Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing or Saks Fifth Avenue’s Michael Fink. It is understood that priority for invitations was given to clients and guests, not fashion directors, since department stores do not carry the Armani Privé collection. There are clearly no hard feelings, though, chez Neiman Marcus: Armani will be the guest of honor at the retailer’s Crystal Charity luncheon and fashion show on Sept. 7. The Italian designer will show his fall-winter 2007 collection as Neiman’s celebrates its centenary this year.
POSTER CHILD: There were New Yorker covers lining the walls of Karl Lagerfeld‘s 7L studio Monday night — site of the magazine’s reception for its new fashion editor, Susan Morrison — but perhaps the most viewed image at the party was a portrait of Lagerfeld tucked into the pocket of photographer William Klein. “It’s the cult of personality,” Klein said, showing an image of the designer backed by a group of young women bearing placards plastered with Lagerfeld’s face, à la Chairman Mao. Klein said he shot it for Harper’s Bazaar. Also spotted at the party were Lee Radziwill, Bethy Lagardere, Betty Catroux and Charlotte Casiraghi.
TOTAL ECLIPSE: Everyone in fashion knows that French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster collaborates with Nicolas Ghesquière on the otherworldly Balenciaga boutiques. Now the fashion designer is playing a role in Gonzalez-Foerster’s art-making. Ghesquière collaborated on two of the works going on display at Paris’ Museum of Modern Art when Gonzalez-Foerster’s solo show, “Expodrome,” opens on Feb. 13. They are a film entitled “Solarium” and an installation called “Jetty,” each of which has a futuristic bent. Viewers of the film, for example, will have to wear special glasses to watch it.
MEMORY LANE: Alek Wek can now add scribe to her bag of tricks. The statuesque Sudanese model-turned-handbag designer has penned a book about her life as a model that will be published in the fall. “It’s not an autobiography: I’m only in my 20s,” she quipped backstage at the Dior show on Monday. “[It’s] my memoirs at this point of my life.”
A NICE BOUQUET: Elegant French actress Carole Bouquet is busy playing a new part: winegrower. On Monday night, the actress was promoting her Passito wine at the Lavinia store in Paris. After buying land on Pantelleria island several years ago, Bouquet started making wine, and in 2005, she had her own wine cellar built and bottled 10,000 bottles of her sweet, perfumed and golden wine. “The title is Sangue d’Oro; I mean, the name of the wine is Sangue d’Oro,” she said. Bouquet will start shooting her next movie at the end of the week, an Anne-Marie Etienne film in which she’ll play opposite French singer Marc Lavoine.
GALLERY GOERS: Azzedine Alaïa mixed fashion and art Monday night, hosting an opening for his close friend, German artist Christoph von Weyhe, at a gallery in the Marais. “His works are part of my everyday life,” Alaïa said of von Weyhe’s paintings, which portray night views of the Hamburg, Germany, port. A dinner followed at Alaïa’s studio for such friends as Dita Von Teese, Peter Lindbergh and Victoire de Castellane.
MODEL BEHAVIOR: Audrey Marnay: model, mother, actress — and now jewelry designer. The multitasker feted her nascent jewelry line, dubbed “Eternamé,” with a dinner bash at the rococo 1728 restaurant Monday night. Mimicking fashion’s cycles, the line, which is sold from an appointment-only “boudoir” on Rue Clement Marot, comprises a ready-to-wear line, a couture line and a made-to-measure line. “We’ll also be designing pre-collections,” Marnay said. Priced at $4,000 to $13,000, the debut collection features semiprecious stones such as topaz and amethyst, faceted to resemble natural crystals, that are looped with lines of diamonds to resemble the letter E.
Highlights from the couture collection include a concave quartz crystal pendant edged with diamonds in the form of flames. “We focus on the healing property of each stone, where each one comes from and how they can benefit the wearer,” said Marnay, who dreamed up the venture with her close pal and business partner, Sarah Besnainou, whose father is the brand’s backer. “We’ve kind of got an Earth Mother approach to it all.” Guests at the launch party included Diane Kruger, Natalia Vodianova and husband Justin Portman, plus model Jacquetta Wheeler. Fresh from a two-month-long trip in India, Wheeler said she was finding modeling a little tricky. “I was the one that got stuck at Dior,” she said with a laugh.
TWO IN PARIS: It seems Roberto Cavalli likes to do things in pairs. The Italian designer plans two Paris boutique openings, one on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, on the corner of Rue Cambon, and one on the luxurious Avenue Montaigne. A spokesman for the firm said they were slated to open by the end of this year.
TRADING PLACES: Martin Parr may be known for his whimsical and unglamorous snapshots of daily life, but he’s taking a stab at fashion photography, too. “I’m working on a special accessories issue for Stiletto magazine,” Parr said at the Christian Lacroix show on Tuesday. “I’m using Paris couture shows as the background that I’ll blur the subject matter into.” The issue is expected out next April.
SHOW TIME: A Jean Paul Gaultier fashion show will make a cameo appearance in the next film by Cédric Klapsich, maker of “The Spanish Apartment” and its sequel, “The Russian Doll.” But don’t look for well-known editors or retailers in the front row. Gaultier restaged his sporty-themed spring-summer show in December exclusively for Klapsich’s cameras — and with only waist-down views of the models. The film, “Paris,” is in postproduction and stars Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris and Audrey Marnay.
SOMETHING BORROWED: Don’t know what to do with your old sneakers or luggage? Well, Martin Margiela has an answer. At the presentation of the secretive Belgian’s so-called Artisanal collection, he showed vests cobbled together of vintage gym shoes, a dress of vintage silk head scarves and a jacket made of recycled hand luggage. The limited-edition pieces, which can cost as much as 7,400 euros, or $9,600 at current exchange, are said to be a hit with collectors. Meanwhile, the house is preparing for a series of exhibits, including a show opening Feb. 10 at Carla Sozzani‘s gallery in Milan and a museum exhibit in Luxembourg in April. A spokesman for the house confirmed that Margiela soon would open a shop in Beverly Hills.
CLOSET CAPERS: Despite her own bulging couture wardrobe, Houston socialite Becca Cason Thrash confessed she can still get a case of “closet envy” over ultrachic brewery heiress Daphne Guinness. “The way she puts things together,” Cason Thrash marveled Sunday night at a party in her honor, hosted by Ria and Yiouri Augousti, the designers of furniture and accessories in exotic skins who are gearing up for an exhibition at Barneys New York. Cason Thrash also welcomed her friend, Suzanne Saperstein, back into the Paris couture fold. Recently divorced from her media tycoon husband, Saperstein whooped it up in an Emanuel Ungaro couture mini. “It’s really great to be back,” Saperstein said Monday afternoon at Dior, relating how she spent the past year getting her three children — ages 17, 18 and 19 — settled in their respective colleges. “I said, ‘That’s it, Mom’s leaving for a week,” she said, relating that one of her daughters has been sneaking into her couture closet in anticipation of a formal event. But Saperstein has a closet rule for her teens: “They can try some on, but they can’t wear it.”
DONNA’S ISRAELI MISSION: Donna Karan will be heading to Israel this spring. She’s the recipient of this year’s Israeli Shenkar College Honorary Fellowship Award, which will be presented at a gala event on May 10 in Tel Aviv. That same evening, an exhibit of excerpts from the photographic journal, “Journey of a Woman,” highlighting Karan’s career and design innovations, will open at the Lorber Galleries at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. The exhibit will be open to the public until June 10. While in Israel, Karan will present a Master Class to Shenkar’s fashion design students. The American Committee for Shenkar College in Israel is setting up a scholarship in Karan’s name for promising fashion design students.
LOOK BACK: Cacharel, the Paris fashion business founded in 1958 by Jean Bousquet, will be the subject of a retrospective exhibit during the Prêt-à-Porter trade show in Paris Feb. 1 to 4. In a twist, the house will showcase 50 mannequins, all in the same dress, preferring to tell its story through a selection of three films and a treasure trove of archival images.
AD MOVES: Louis Vuitton has inked a deal with New York advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather to head its new global brand campaign. The French luxury brand will continue to work with French firm BETC, its current advertising agency, on other projects. Details of the new campaign were not disclosed.
FASHION FLICKS: Agnès b. is in harmony with the silver screen. The designer is coproducing a new feature film with American director Harmony Korine. It’s expected to be out this year. Korine wrote the screenplay for “Kids” and wrote and directed the films “Julian Donkey-Boy” and “Gummo.”