LOVE AND MONEY: Did Courtney Love, who vied with Kanye West to win the Ubiquitor award at the Paris shows, rack up a lot of income for her front-row appearances ? The rock star told The New York Times at the Marc Jacobs show last month: "I've only gone to one other fashion show and they paid me."
And in Paris? "Do I get paid? It's no one's business," Love replied at Sunday's Lanvin show. "I was referencing something in my past in that quote." Down the row, Penny Balfour said she was working on the next semianimated film with Luc Besson, "Arthur and the Invisibles." "We've been filming in Normandy, but it's so quiet, just cows and green grass, I'm happy to be back in Paris."
Meanwhile, Charlotte Stockdale said she was taking to motherhood well, bar the odd sleepless night. "Marc [Newson] and I are seriously considering designing the perfect baby carrier, as they're always too big, or too small — or don't have any pockets," she said.
IT'S CLINTON'S TIME: For a politician renowned for running late, former president Bill Clinton's next project has a touch of irony: a luxury watch. No, it isn't the launch of the White House Collection. Instead, Clinton is the latest celebrity ambassador to partner with 132-year old Swiss watch firm Audemars Piguet. On Tuesday, the company, in tandem with the Clinton Foundation, will launch a limited edition product that is based on an existing collection. In 2005, the brand tapped Jay-Z to help create the limited edition selection, called the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Jay-Z 10th Anniversary Limited Edition series. Proceeds from the series, which ranged in price from $23,500 to $69,500, were donated to the S. Carter Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 by Jay-Z. In 2000, the firm teamed up with Arnold Schwarzenegger and created a chronograph for "Terminator 3." Now it's the turn of Clinton, who perhaps was seeking inspiration over the weekend — he was in Paris, not to attend shows, but to meet with French President Nicholas Sarkozy and Paris Mayor Bernard Delanoë.
LONG AFTER DARK : Marc Jacobs, who provoked ire in New York for his two-hour late start for his signature show, tested patience again at Sunday night's Louis Vuitton show in Paris, where most shows start 30 to 40 minutes late, maximum. After one hour past the scheduled start time, with everyone seated, LVMH kingpin Bernard Arnault was checking his watch and BlackBerry repeatedly as the photographers booed, hooted and hollered. Courtney Love lit up a cigarette to pass the time, and a Vuitton minion brought her some water.