Fashion Scoops: American Pie... Sitting Pretty... Get Shorty...

Dior is beefing up management in the U.S. with one of its key European deputies, WWD has learned.

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AMERICAN PIE: Dior is beefing up management in the U.S. with one of its key European deputies, WWD has learned. The French fashion house has named Augustin de Buffevent as executive vice president of Christian Dior Inc. He starts Oct. 1 and reports to Pamela Baxter, who recently was named president of Dior's U.S. arm, in addition to her role as president of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton's Perfume and Cosmetics Group. De Buffevent has been general manager of Dior U.K. since 2005.

SITTING PRETTY: At Emilio Pucci on Thursday, model Trish Goff wasn't strutting on the runway. "I'm just a guest, but I feel I know everyone here. I'm running around saying hi left and right," said Goff, who revealed one big project up her sleeve: a skin care line. She said it was too early to discuss details, but hinted that it's "with someone I know who is in this business."

GET SHORTY: Christina Ricci may have been in Milan to launch CK's new makeup and fashion lines, but the actress also found time during her one-night stay to meet up with some other designers. Ricci wouldn't say exactly who, but she named Anna Molinari and Blumarine among her current favorites. "I am really, really into Anna Molinari. I'm a short girl and I like to wear short dresses, I just love to look pretty," she explained. Ricci said she was on a career break prior to the release of her films "Penelope" in November and "Speed Racer" in January.

ROYAL TIME: Balmain has been busy entertaining its royal connections for Paris Fashion Week. The house hosted a dinner for the Thai royal family at the Opera Garnier on Saturday night, following a fashion show by HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana. The Thai princess attended the Balmain show the next day in the grand ballroom of the Westin hotel. Also in the front row, Philippe Starck confirmed he's been tapped to renovate the Royal Monceau hotel, starting in April. "It will represent all that is good about modern French design: luxurious, balanced and a little bit sexy," he said. Artist Peter Beard also grabbed some of the fashion action, camera in hand, having been in town for the Cubism exhibition at the Picasso museum. "Being here reminds me of when I brought Khadija to do Yves Saint Laurent in the Eighties," said Beard, who's been working on elephant collages in his uncle's house in Cassis.
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