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ITALIAN JOB: Word has it Robert Triefus, Giorgio Armani’s longtime executive vice president of worldwide communications, is switching Italian designer camps and heading to Gucci. According to European sources, Triefus told his staff Wednesday he would be leaving Armani after more than nine years at the Milan-based house. A Gucci spokesman declined to comment. Triefus, whose résumé also includes stints at Calvin Klein, could not be reached for comment.

FULL COURT PRESS: There’s nothing like a nod from one of fashion’s godfathers for encouragement. And Valentino’s Alessandra Facchinetti expressed her gratitude by pausing to give Giorgio Armani a baci as she took her runway bow. Armani confirmed that Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has been invited to his dinner at Ledoyen tonight. “She is so elegant, she doesn’t need much to be perfect,” he said of her style, adding he’s looking forward to vacationing on his new 213-foot yacht, baptized Main. Also in attendance were Camilla Belle and Maria Sharapova, who talked tennis and clothes. “This is my first couture show,” enthused Sharapova, while Belle raved about recently attending the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London. Sharapova, who has been collaborating with Nike on her tennis outfits, said she takes inspiration from the cities she travels to for her on-court look. “We are pushing the boundaries of what we wear all the time, and Nike works with a lot of mills in Italy so we’re working with some incredible fabrics,” she said.

UNDER COVER: Monique Lhuillier’s attire for Jean Paul Gaultier’s show, a Lanvin trench worn with nothing underneath, wasn’t an intentional risqué fashion statement. The bridal designer’s luggage went missing on her flight into Paris on Sunday. “I’ve been calling Alitalia every two hours. If I’d been going on vacation to Saint-Tropez it would have been OK, but I’d planned all of my outfits for the couture shows and had made special pieces for the week,” she lamented. Back in Los Angeles, the designer has just completed a china and crystal tableware line for Royal Doulton, and said she has a number of spin-offs due out over the coming months, including a stationery line and a bed and bath collection. Across the way, actress Roxanne Mesquida said she’s penning a novel with her writer mother. “It’s about a mother-daughter relationship.” Nathalie Rykiel, meanwhile, noted that she’s planning a “major” surprise for her mother, Sonia Rykiel, for the house’s 40th anniversary. “It’s something that has never been done before. It will be unveiled at the ready-to-wear show,” she hinted.

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FEELING FOXY: “There’s Daphne,” Christian Louboutin said, pointing to a small dog sniffing the carpet at Caviar Kaspia Tuesday night, although the party was to toast another Daphne: the brewery heiress Daphne Guinness, who had just made her directorial debut with a short film for art’s sake, and charity’s. The dog, belonging to Tatiana Santo Domingo, was certainly outshone by Guinness, who worked the room in a stiff, futuristic silver minidress. “Lee and I designed it together,” she said, referring to her designing friend Alexander McQueen. Among those feasting on caviar and salmon were Eva Mendes, Andrea Casiraghi, Georgina Brandolini, L’Wren Scott and director Wes Anderson, who is in Paris filming the animated feature “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

ROCK OF AGES: Givenchy got off to a late start waiting for Liv Tyler, but it was her birthday after all. “We had a really fun party in my room with all the Givenchy people,” Tyler said. “Now we’re going to get some drinks.” Fellow Givenchy face, model Marie Steiss, who gave up her seat for Liv’s sister Chelsea, said she’s taking up acting classes and trying her hand at singing. “I’ve lent my voice to a few music projects,” she said. “Let’s say it’s very rock, PJ Harvey,” she teased. In life imitates art, actress and singer Joana Preiss is playing a songstress in her next film, which starts shooting in the U.K. soon. Beatrice Dalle, meanwhile, has two films out: “One that I love and one that I hate,” she said. “The first is ‘New Wave’ about infanticide and the other, I won’t tell you the name it annoys me so much.”

BOAT PARTY: “I don’t think I’ll get in the pool. I’m on my way to spin some records,” vowed Christophe Lemaire, the Lacoste creative director as he hosted a boat party on the Seine to celebrate the French brand’s 75th birthday and launch a Visionaire edition devoted to Lacoste. There were plenty of guests, however, who did jump into the small plastic pools set up around the boat, moored just under the Eiffel Tower. Others got into water gun fights as they grooved to a concert by Santogold. Karl Lagerfeld showed up close to midnight, unleashing the usual paparazzi frenzy before he found a quiet corner to chat with Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati. “I’m not going swimming either,” said Pilati. “I’m too shy for that.”

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