MEN ABOUT TOWN: Christian Lacroix — whose newest devotee is Lady Gaga — has a timeslot on the provisional calendar for the Paris men’s wear shows June 22 to 26, and will stage its first runway show of the collection designed by artistic director Sacha Walckhoff. London-based Frenchman Roland Mouret is also down for a small show. John Galliano is also on the schedule for Friday, June 24, with the studio in charge of design in the wake of the founder’s ouster.

DRESSING UP: Paris auction house Drouot will be selling off a collection of 400 vintage Italian couture gowns on July 1. Standout pieces include a Valentino evening number in black and red silk, which carries an estimate of 3,000 euros or $4,216 at current exchange. The dresses date from the Sixties to late Nineties. Other designer pieces to be auctioned off include dresses by the late Gianni Versace, and a cocktail dress from Fendi estimated at 400 euros, or $562.

PUT ME IN COACH: Coach is launching its men’s business in Paris with a shop in upscale department store Printemps L’Homme. The unit, slated to open Sept. 1, is slated to carry an assortment of products from small leather goods to business and travel accessories. The expansion follows the American brand’s arrival in France last year at the women’s branch of Printemps.

PLAYING AROUND: Walter Van Beirendonck and Austrian artist Erwin Wurm are teaming up for an exhibition called “Wear Me Out” at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp. The show will knit together performance art and 20 installations, to be dotted around the Braem Pavilion, which Wurm will turn into a giant sweater by wrapping the entire ceiling in colorful wool. The exhibition will run from May 29 through to Sept. 25.

SMART PLAY: French soccer team Paris Saint-Germain is getting new threads courtesy of French designer Daniel Hechter. The first division team is to be outfitted for the next two soccer seasons for matches at home and away. Hechter created the original team jersey for Paris Saint-Germain in the Seventies, with the red, white and blue of the French flag.

ROYAL TEA: The spectacular Chateau de Versailles is inaugurating its new bookshop next month with a hot chocolate party, courtesy of famed Paris tearoom Angelina. Guests will be treated to a rich hot chocolate while being able to pore over the plethora of art books and trinkets in the Nicolas Adam-designed store, which also offers children’s toys and objets d’art.


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