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The Queen of Gucci Group Greets Her Subjects


It was a fairytale romance—love, marriage, baby, if not necessarily in that order—for Salma Hayek and PPR chairman François-Henri Pinault, who controls the Gucci Group portfolio of labels. And like any faithful spouse (and fashion lover), Mrs. P supports her husband and his business. Hayek arrived on the arm of the Chairman to four of Gucci Group’s shows in Paris this season, often in the designer’s own looks. Left to right, here she is in YSL at Yves Saint Laurent, at Stella McCartney, in Alexander McQueen at Alexander McQueen, and with Orlando Bloom at Balenciaga. We’d say she cut a striking figure throughout the entire week. (Props for the daring turban, too; bet we won’t see one of those on the Hollywood red carpet any time soon.) Which do you like best?

Photos: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images (Stella McCartney); Boisiere / SIPA Press (Alexander McQueen); ANG / Fame Pictures (Balenciaga); Boisiere / SIPA Press (Yves Saint Laurent)

Carine Thinks You’re Pretty Vain, No Brights At Ungaro, Where Björk Met McQueen, And More…


In advance of Paris Vogue‘s 90th anniversary party tonight, Eric Wilson sits down with editrix Carine Roitfeld for a chat. The whole thing’s worth reading, for Carine’s thoughts on what is and isn’t Vogue and who’s on next, but forgive us if we’re most interested in her dream of opening a karaoke bar. Her song of choice? “You’re So Vain,” which she says aptly describes her industry. [NYT]

Giles Deacon is in Paris prepping his first collection for Emanuel Ungaro, and he promises one thing—no neon brights. He’ll be focusing on the house’s print heritage, as well as including plenty of lace. [WWD]

Björk, who sang at Alexander McQueen’s memorial in London during LFW (left), shares her memories of the designer with GQ U.K. “He was the kind of daredevil that looks death and birth straight in the eye,” the Icelandic pop star says. “Lee managed to connect not only with the civilized part of his culture but somehow channel beyond that a more primordial energy, which is probably where me and him met.” Well, come on, you didn’t think it was going to be in a Marks & Spencer, did you? [GQ U.K. via Vogue U.K.]

And kudos to Balenciaga, for some of the more varied runway casting we’ve seen this season: returning supes Amber Valletta and Carolyn Murphy, sure, but what about pregnant Miranda Kerr? [Stylelist]

Photo: Graham Lacao / Alexander McQueen / Getty Images

In Paris, Punk’s Not Dead


Two days into the Paris shows, the spirit of ’77 is in the air. It’s never blared more clearly than at Balmain (and the soundtrack, by the way, was Sid Vicious’ famous cover of Sinatra’s “My Way”). Christophe Decarnin has long borrowed punk culture’s tropes, but the affect here was full-on mosh pit: tattered fishnets, ragged cutoffs, moto jackets and vests festooned with safety pins and band buttons (above). You could’ve been waiting on line for a Johnny Thunders show—a very expensive one.

At Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquière seemed to be marching to the beat, too. He also showed motorcycle jackets like the punkers used to wear, though his weren’t in shreds. But the piece-y crop tops his models sported looked like the DIY haircuts you used to see administered in the bathroom at rock shows, and the iridescent, thick-soled flats (above) looked a little like the Creepers those girls used to wear. (Shoes, by the way, that have also influenced footwear in seasons past at Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang.)

Face piercings, too, have been popping up on the runway, not only in Europe but in New York, too. Alexander Wang sent models out with septum rings at his austere, mostly-white show (above left). Charlotte Ronson put her girls in nose and lip rings for a nineties grunge-girl look (above center). And at Hakaan yesterday, every model wore a simulated bridge piercing, high on the nose—what the kids call an Earl (above right).

Photos: Monica Feudi / (Balmain); Gianni Pucci / (Balenciaga, Alexander Wang); Simone Leonardi / (Hakaan); Yannis Vlamos / (Charlotte Ronson)

Balenciaga Goes Back To The Future, What’s In The Cards For NYFW, Acne For Everybody, And More…


Balenciaga has revamped its Paris flagship. At the newly redone Avenue George V store, you’ll find more of Ghesquière’s (left) covetable collection, an ornate banister borrowed from the Balenciaga archives, and an enormous starburst clock—just don’t try to tell time by it, as it runs backwards. “Back to the future,” CEO Isabelle Guichot explains. [WWD]

Fashionista checked in with a psychic for NYFW predictions. What was in her crystal ball? Jewels at Marc, a solo reality show for Michael Kors, and good tidings for Jeffrey Monteiro at Bill Blass. Time will tell! (Except at Balenciaga in Paris, where it runs backwards.) [Fashionista]

Acne has launched a small capsule collection aimed at transvestites. Would it be wrong to say “fabulous”? [Vogue U.K.]

And Barneys’ Simon Doonan is leaving the New York Observer after ten years to pen a column for the online political mag Slate. [Fashionologie]

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Bergdorf’s Has Baggage


The good kind, that is. For fall, the Fifth Avenue retailer is expanding its offerings in the luxury luggage category. For the lady who never travels light, new carry-ons, rollers, and cases from YSL (a leopard trolley and the black patent trolley, left, which retails for a mere $3,795), Lanvin, and Balenciaga are already on the floor, with more coming from Givenchy (a covetable trolley version of the Nightingale in printed stingray). And across the street, the men’s store will also get an infusion of high-end travel bags, including exclusives from Nancy Gonzalez.

Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue, NYC, (212) 753-7300,

Photo: Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman