Fashion Scoops: Family Matters... Candy Land... In The Band...

Paul McCartney certainly has no regrets about a gig he's playing next month in Paris.

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POINTILIST WORK: The American Ballet Theatre feted its upcoming season opener, "A Musical Portrait of Chuck Close," with a cocktail party at PaceWildenstein's 57th Street galleries in New York Wednesday night. The portrait in question is one envisioned by the artist's longtime pal, composer Philip Glass, and then choreographed by Jorma Elo. Glass and Close have known each other for 45 years — "Very scary!" the artist exclaimed — and in that time Close has done about 200 portraits of Glass, some of which were on display alongside works by Sol LeWitt at the Pace galleries. "Well, it's nice of him to return the favor," deadpanned Close, before adding, "I've said we should retire his image and haul it up to the ceiling."

WRITE ON: Jean-Louis Scherrer, 72, has built up an appetite for writing — or so he said at a cocktail he gave in Paris on Tuesday evening for the launch of a namesake Assouline book, due out Oct. 25. The designer selected some of the 50 photos featured in the book, giving him a hankering to go for a full autobiography. "A designer's life is full of interesting moments," he mused.

CASE CLOSED: Goyard and Gucci Westman, celebrity makeup artist and Lancôme artistic director, worked together on special-order makeup cases. The handcrafted kits, retailing for $18,000 each, will go on sale Nov. 1 in Paris, Hong Kong, Dubai, Moscow and New York. In New York, the makeup case is to be sold exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and contains 36 of Westman's Lancôme product picks. The cosmetics company also teamed with designer Peter Som on a limited edition lipstick. He and Westman dreamed up its color worn by models for his fall 2007 fashion show. The lipstick went on counter exclusively in Nordstrom, the four U.S. Lancôme boutiques and Bergdorf Goodman, where 250 pieces were ordered prior to the Oct. 1 launch

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Christian Lacroix decided to ditch standard lounge music for French lessons prior to his show Wednesday. "Vous connaissez un bon restaurant?" ("Do you know a good restaurant?") and other handy phrases were broadcast for the largely Anglophone crowd. And the hospitality didn't end there. A limited edition bottle of Lacroix Evian was provided for each guest, promoting the "haute couture" flacon he designed for the French mineral water brand, exclusively at Colette from this week. Meanwhile, backstage parents hung out while their young model daughters had hair and makeup done. Mary Ann Michael, mother of model Ali Michael, said she is amazed to "see the transition from when the girls first arrive then go through hair and makeup — sometimes I don't even recognize them." China Robinson, mother of model Chanel Iman, agreed, adding sometimes she'll think, "Is that my daughter?" while watching a fashion show. For Craig Tomlinson, father of model Alexandra Tomlinson, the most exciting thing about being backstage is the buffet table. "Isn't it everyone's?" he asked with a grin.
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