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OVER THE POND: Carla Wachtveitl, formerly part of designer Yohji Yamamoto’s public relations team in America, is moving over to Givenchy — and to Paris. Wachtveitl joins the French fashion house as worldwide press manager, reporting to Caroline Deroche Pasquier, public relations and press director, effective June 1.

NIFTY FIFTIES: There’s no stopping Parisian night lord André. The pint-sized entrepreneur said he’s preparing to open his next hotel venture in Saint-Tropez in June. Called the Hermitage, the inn will boast a mix of rooms and artist residences, with Chloë and Paul Sevigny; Dash Snow, and The Virgins already lined up to lodge there. “In the Fifties, all the artists would go down to Saint-Tropez. The hotel really has the look of that era,” he said.

OPPOSITES ATTRACT: Oddball fashion couplings seem to never go out of style. After collaborating with Jean Paul Gaultier and Raf Simons, Dr. Martens is bringing its rebel aesthetic to Comptoir des Cotonniers, the mother-daughter contemporary label better known for floaty dresses than heavy-duty footwear. Dr. Martens has created a new version of its classic eight-hole ankle boot in mouse gray leather for fall, retailing at 140 euros, or $189. Quiksilver, meanwhile, has teamed up with trendy Japanese streetwear designer Takashi Kumagai for a range of jackets, shirts, T-shirts, shorts and bags, to be sold in select Japan boutiques and Colette this month. Finally, gypsy-inspired label Manoush has tapped French handbag designer Inès Etienne for a transparent acrylic bag designed to eliminate endless rooting. Priced at 115 euros, or $155, the bag will be available in Manoush stores this summer.


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