HAVING A BALL: Costume balls are proving a major jewelry theme this season, and Van Cleef & Arpels is putting it in writing, launching an Assouline tome, “Bals,” penned by British historian, author and journalist Nicholas Foulkes. The book includes first-person accounts by Jacqueline de Ribes, Hélène David-Weill and Marisa Berenson. Lee Radziwill, who stars on the book’s slipcase wearing a white sequined eye mask, is expected to attend a launch event at Paris bookstore Galignani tonight. The book is due out in September.
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MAKING SCENTS: Fashion met fragrance in Paris on Monday night when fashion consultant and writer Susan Tabak launched Sortir Le Soir, her first scent. The limited-edition women’s fragrance was created with perfumer François Caron. Its notes include bergamot, mandarin orange, jasmine, freesia, amber and vanilla. Elsewhere, eight graduating fashion students from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs teamed with an equal number of IFF perfumers — including Olivier Polge, Sophie Labbé and Dominique Ropion — to create fragrances inspired by their end-of-year collections. The project was entitled Mode & Sens.
WHITE CARPET: Alberta Ferretti, who presented her bridal line in Paris during couture week, said she wouldn’t rule out joining the high-fashion crowd. “We’ve already experimented with a semi-couture approach for the fashion show at Pitti last year and maybe we could do something similar in the future,” she said. For her second Alberta Ferretti Forever collection, the Italian designer tapped English model Poppy Delevigne to be the face of the collection. It consists of 13 styles, each named after one of Hollywood’s leading ladies, from Ava Gardner to Penelope Cruz. “I like to think of creating bridal dresses for a sort of white carpet,” Ferretti mused.