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HOGAN’S HERO?: Could Diego Della Valle have his eye on another hot American designer? According to a Paris source, the Italian mogul is hunting for a creative director for his Hogan brand and has been in talks with Thakoon Panichgul. The status of negotiations could not immediately be learned, but Panichgul was said to be in Paris over the weekend for meetings. Neither the designer nor Tod’s officials could be reached for comment. Last year, Della Valle tapped New Yorker Derek Lam to be creative director of Tod’s.

LOVE AND MONEY: Did Courtney Love, who vied with Kanye West to win the Ubiquitor award at the Paris shows, rack up a lot of income for her front-row appearances ? The rock star told The New York Times at the Marc Jacobs show last month: “I’ve only gone to one other fashion show and they paid me.”

And in Paris? “Do I get paid? It’s no one’s business,” Love replied at Sunday’s Lanvin show. “I was referencing something in my past in that quote.” Down the row, Penny Balfour said she was working on the next semianimated film with Luc Besson, “Arthur and the Invisibles.” “We’ve been filming in Normandy, but it’s so quiet, just cows and green grass, I’m happy to be back in Paris.”

Meanwhile, Charlotte Stockdale said she was taking to motherhood well, bar the odd sleepless night. “Marc [Newson] and I are seriously considering designing the perfect baby carrier, as they’re always too big, or too small — or don’t have any pockets,” she said.

IT’S CLINTON’S TIME: For a politician renowned for running late, former president Bill Clinton’s next project has a touch of irony: a luxury watch. No, it isn’t the launch of the White House Collection. Instead, Clinton is the latest celebrity ambassador to partner with 132-year old Swiss watch firm Audemars Piguet. On Tuesday, the company, in tandem with the Clinton Foundation, will launch a limited edition product that is based on an existing collection. In 2005, the brand tapped Jay-Z to help create the limited edition selection, called the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Jay-Z 10th Anniversary Limited Edition series. Proceeds from the series, which ranged in price from $23,500 to $69,500, were donated to the S. Carter Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 by Jay-Z. In 2000, the firm teamed up with Arnold Schwarzenegger and created a chronograph for “Terminator 3.” Now it’s the turn of Clinton, who perhaps was seeking inspiration over the weekend — he was in Paris, not to attend shows, but to meet with French President Nicholas Sarkozy and Paris Mayor Bernard Delanoë.

Marc Jacobs, who provoked ire in New York for his two-hour late start for his signature show, tested patience again at Sunday night’s Louis Vuitton show in Paris, where most shows start 30 to 40 minutes late, maximum. After one hour past the scheduled start time, with everyone seated, LVMH kingpin Bernard Arnault was checking his watch and BlackBerry repeatedly as the photographers booed, hooted and hollered. Courtney Love lit up a cigarette to pass the time, and a Vuitton minion brought her some water.

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Kanye West popped over to chat with Pharrell Williams, while Victoria Beckham listlessly dangled her pencil. A fragile Plexiglas runway was said to be partly to blame, as it had to be covered with wood before letting the crowds in. Williams disclosed that he’s finally finished working on his fine jewelry line for Louis Vuitton, and will be unveiling it in January. “It features white and yellow gold, with diamonds and a few colored stones, but I can’t say much more right now,” said Williams, flashing his diamond pavé ring with a grin. Zoe Cassavetes and Sofia Coppola said they were taking some time off, however. “I just want to enjoy life a bit,” said Cassavetes.

Wordsmith Sophie Dahl, who sat stroking her diminutive singer boyfriend Jamie Cullum’s hand throughout the show, said her novel “Playing with the Grown-ups” came out last week in the U.K., but that she’s hanging up the boxing gloves on her acting career. “Oh gosh, I’m a terrible actress,” she admitted.

Once the show got started, all tardiness was apparently forgiven. A smile broke across Arnault’s face as he laser-focused on the steady parade of inventive bags produced by Jacobs’ collaboration with artist Richard Prince.

STICKING OUT: Elsa Pataky wore a pretty frock to the Miu Miu show on Sunday, but will be back into baggy trousers for her role as a drug dealer in “Skate or Die,” a movie being filmed in Paris. “She’s a bad girl,” Pataky said of her character. Her boyfriend Adrien Brody was toting a walking stick, at times holding it like a cane. “I’m not injured,” he said. “I saw it coming out of the hotel and thought it would be a nice accoutrement.” Brody said he’s likely heading to Canada soon for a role as a genetic scientist in a film called “Spice” opposite Sarah Polley.

Standing guard next to the staircase was industry veteran Brian Blake, who is joining Prada SpA as chief operating officer and will be based in Milan. Blake was previously chief operating officer and worldwide president at Burberry Group, and at Gucci Group before that. “It’s a good day to start, don’t you think?” he asked.

ROSSY COLORED GLASSES: Rossy de Palma, the quirky Spanish actress, is adding a new facet to her career: music. “I’m working on an album,” de Palma said at Kenzo on Saturday. “But it’s in the early stages. It’s going to be a melange of styles. Music’s like cooking — it’s got to be the right mix.” De Palma also turned up at John Galliano Saturday night after being told the collection had been inspired by her. “Both of our fathers are from Andalusia, so we’ve always had a connection,” said the actress, who has also just launched her first perfume, Eau de Protection, with Etat Libre d’Orange.

STAR CROSSED: Ludivine Sagnier couldn’t hide her irritation as she was mistaken for fellow French actresses, first Mélanie Laurent then Clémence Poésy, on her way in to Chloé’s show Saturday. “I’m not Mélanie, I’m not Clémence either,” she trilled before shouting, “Look! There’s a model over there!” in a bid to distract photographers away from herself and Julie Depardieu. Laurent (or was that Ludivine Sagnier?) said she has just finished the filming of “Shoe At Your Foot,” a romantic comedy about a transatlantic love affair between an American man and a French woman. “It’s possible in the movies,” joked Laurent, who was smooched by her front row sidekick, actress Vahina Gioconte. “But in real life I couldn’t tell you — I’m with a French guy.”

Depardieu and Courtney Love were also making friends, with Depardieu tapping the singer’s phone number into her pink cell within minutes of Love’s arrival. There was no mistaking the rocker, who swept in wearing shades plus a beige dress by little-known Japanese designer Suzuki Takayuki. “My driver went out in Japan and found this guy. It’s only his second collection,” said Love.

Meanwhile, model Anja Rubik disclosed she’s been dabbling in a bit of art in her downtime. “I like to copy works by Van Gogh,” said Rubik, adding that she was scooting back to New York after the shows to shoot the Gap, H&M and Oscar de la Renta campaigns.

STYLE MEDLEY: NBC’s new big boss, Ben Silverman, crashed Paris Fashion Week with a party Saturday night where Hollywood hounds, music maestros, film aficionados and European royalty shared one common interest: rugby. “I can’t believe they won,” said Kristin Scott Thomas of France’s defeat of the much-favored New Zealand All Blacks. Also watching were Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein, Christopher Heinz and his wife, Sasha Heinz, Loulou de la Falaise and Kanye West, who offered up a “This is dope,” as cars headed toward the Champs-Elysées to celebrate the victory.

Silverman is in France to give the keynote speech at the International Film and Programme Market for Television, or MIP-TV, held in Cannes this month, giving his London-based friends an excuse to cross the Channel. “My new store on Savile Row is slated to open Dec. 7,” said Ozwald Boateng, adding that he had sold an equity position in the company. “She’s my baby and she’s about to leave home,” Boateng said, noting a women’s line is also in the works, although he kept mum on the details.

Nocturnal twins Amy Winehouse and Dita Von Teese arrived late. The burlesque dancer said she’s working on a new show, described as a funny take on “Swan Lake,” and a book called “How to Create Nostalgic Beauty.” “I’m going to tell people it’s OK to wear green eye shadow.”

GREEN SCENE: Although the Hermès folks might not seem like party animals, an around-the-clock bash is planned to mark the opening of its expanded Paris flagship at 24 Faubourg Saint-Honoré. At the Hermès show on Saturday, executive vice president Guillaume de Seynes said the party gets under way at 8 p.m. on Oct. 23 with dance and musical performances throughout the night, followed by breakfast and shopping in the morning. Backstage, model Angela Lindvall said she’s working on an ecologically minded fashion event, called Be Eco Chic. Its soft launch is due to take place during L.A. Fashion Week before moving to Kuala Lumpur in November, followed by New York. “I started educating myself about things going on in the world and was blown away by the facts,” she said. “So, I began thinking about how to bring the information to the mainstream. Fashion is about creating trends.” Lindvall said the idea of Be Eco Chic — which also has the support of Shalom Harlow, Erin Wasson, IMG and Earth Pledge, among others — is to show that sustainability can be sexy.

BEING COMPOSED: Naomi Campbell just made it to Alexander McQueen’s show Friday night, having flown in from Shanghai. “I was there with my father, who composed some music for the Special Olympics,” she said.

HATS OFF: Philip Treacy’s hats had to be one of the biggest talking points following the Alexander McQueen show on Friday, from the dramatic cloud of fluttering red butterflies, inspired by a comb often worn by Isabella Blow, to the tall swirl hats. But the show’s piece de resistance had to be the trembling, fringed silver flower and bird hat, re-worked from a piece that the milliner picked up in a Shanghai market. Treacy dismantled and scrubbed each metal element before rewiring them by hand to a straw base to create a new silhouette. “Isabella always loved the original hat, so it was particularly meaningful to him to include it,” said a spokeswoman for Treacy.

TV GUIDE: Dior’s fine jewelry designer Victoire de Castellane showed off her latest baubles against a backdrop of giant TV screens that projected a shopping channel spoof, starring herself and Dior president Sidney Toledano, cast as a price-slashing co-host. “It was far easier than filming my tiny role in ‘Marie Antoinette,’ as we just had to read from a prompter,” said de Castellane. Highlights of the line include a pair of fruit-cluster detachable diamond earrings as well as a cactus ring featuring a globular purple cabochon tanzanite stone edged with rounded turquoise needles in Paraiba tourmaline. Also new is a range of faceted cocktail rings that resemble smaller versions of de Castellane’s knuckle-dusters.

JUMP START: Romain Duris, Sofia Coppola and Audrey Tautou were among the A-listers at Chanel’s storied Rue Cambon salons Friday night, to fete the launch of the Kirsten Dunst edition of Lula magazine. “The most fun was gambling around Saint Moritz in the Swiss Alps for a shoot with [stylist] Leith Clark,” said Dunst, who has also just wrapped up directing her first short film, starring Winona Ryder. Meanwhile on the decks, Balenciaga muse, model-cum-actress Joana Preiss, disclosed she’ll soon be embarking on an Anglo-Icelandic theater project with Gael García Bernal. The multitasker is also about to release her first mini album next week.

Earlier in the day, Rachel Bilson took in her first Paris runway show. “I guess Chanel isn’t such a bad choice,” she noted. Bilson just wrapped “Jumper,” a film based on the novel by Steven Gould, and is guest starring in the NBC comedy “Chuck.” “No other things planned yet — except for shopping. Now that’s a project,” she joked.

Meanwhile, Marianne Faithfull discussed her new book, “Memories, Dreams and Reflections,” a biography of sorts that was just released in England and is scheduled to debut in the States in January. “Now I’m just waiting to see how people will react to it,” she said. “Usually with me it’s love it or hate it.”

When your mother is Twiggy, and she just did a photo shoot with Antonio Banderas, the least you could expect is an introduction. “I missed out on that!” lamented Carly Witney, daughter of the Sixties icon, at the Stella McCartney party Thursday night. “He was a very special guest,” Twiggy said of Banderas, who appears with her in Marks & Spencer’s star-studded holiday campaign. Twiggy is heading Stateside next month for “America’s Next Top Model.” “Every 16-year-old girl in America knows who I am!” she deadpanned. Witney, meanwhile, is working as an intern for McCartney.

French singer Soko, real name Stephanie Sokolinski, performed at the party, charming Sir Paul McCartney and a crowd that included Daria Werbowy, British band The Kills and Marie-France Garcia. “That’s the only song [of hers] I know,” Stella McCartney related. “She just asked me how many she should play and I said ‘Gauge the room, if everyone’s cleared, you’ll know it’s time to stop!'” Soko’s debut album is slated for release next year.

SLICE OF PI: After two years of working with Fox on a project for a film based on the best-selling “Life of Pi,” French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, best known for “Amelie,” is moving on. “The studios are complicated,” he said at the Rue du Mail by Martine Sitbon show Friday, adding Fox decided to temporarily shelf “Pi” over budget concerns. So what’s next for Jeunet? “I’m going to do a French film,” he said. “Something very funny, between ‘Amelie’ and ‘Delicatessen.'”

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