COSTUME PARTY: Among the surprising guests at Christian Lacroix’s on-a-shoestring couture show Tuesday was Louis Vuitton honcho Yves Carcelle, even though LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton off-loaded his fashion to Florida’s Falic Group in 2005. “Friendship,” was Carcelle’s reason, noting he was president of Lacroix for six months 20 years ago. “I couldn’t imagine not being here to support him in a difficult moment.”

French actor Edouard Baer also came to support the designer. Baer said he’s writing a play for the Théâtre Marigny this fall titled “Miam Miam,” which takes place at a restaurant and is about “food and people.” Baer will direct and star in the play, but he’s not yet sure about costumes. “I would love Christian to do them. I’m always asking him,” he said.

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Rather than ducking backstage after his show, Lacroix lingered at the end of the runway, where he was mobbed by well-wishers, many red-eyed and wistful and wearing the “Christian Lacroix Forever” badges distributed by Countess Pia de Brantes. The designer, in high spirits, beamed as the towering Jaime de Marichalar, Duke of Lugo, came to offer his congratulations. Lacroix then gave not one, but two big bear hugs to embroiderer extraordinaire François Lesage. Suzanne Saperstein arrived with her daughter Stephanie in tow, and a point-and-shoot. “We’ve got to get a photo with him: he’s our favorite,” she cooed.

Among the guests filing out was model Vlada Roslyakova, who wore a baroque bridal gown trembling with flowers for the show’s finale, a couture tradition. “It was a nice moment,” she smiled, rushing off in her black street clothes and tapping into her BlackBerry.

Later, Lacroix himself headed to Givenchy’s show, where he cheerily posed for photographs, including with LVMH’s Delphine Arnault. “I feel relieved,” Lacroix said. “This is not the end. This is the beginning, that’s how I see it. It’s a new page.” Later, he was off to meet his workers for a much-needed drink. Fellow frontrow guests included young European jet-setters Eugenie Niarchos, Olympia Scarry and Anna de Pahlen. Artist Yi Zhou said she’s completed a surreal video piece starring Pharrell Williams, which includes a journey inside his ear. “He got the concept right away,” she said.

Photographer Astrid Muñoz, meanwhile, said she turned the tables on Mario Testino, shooting him for Spain’s GQ. “He’s the one who launched my career,” she related. Joana Preiss, fresh from filming “We Are the Industry” by budding English director Matt Crockford, said she’s planning her own foray into directing.

And Pucci’s designer Peter Dundas, meanwhile, said he’s looking forward to a summer of extreme sport: kite surfing in Greece. “I actually got beaten up a lot last summer. When you hit the water hard it can really hurt.”

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