Meanwhile, French actress Julie Gayet kept her cool while making bets, thanks to a vibrant Indian parasol. Gayet disclosed she'll soon be fronting a British pop group. "I've been recording an album with a group of musicians based in Manchester [England]," said Gayet, declining to name names or that of the "well-known" star who's penned some of the band's lyrics.
MOURET DAY: Roland Mouret will make his Paris couture week debut on July 4 with the unveiling of his new, high-end capsule collection. RM by Roland Mouret, featuring 21 tailored looks, will be delivered to stores in November. The show will take place at 9:45 a.m., although the venue has yet to be revealed. "I feel like I have come full circle: first London, then New York and now Paris. I am bringing a slice of each culture back to the place where I started. I can't wait," the designer said. The collection is Mouret's first under 19RM, which he formed in the fall with Simon Fuller, the founder of 19 Entertainment Ltd., the London-based media and branded entertainment firm.
FASHION HONORS: Naoki Takizawa is the latest fashion designer to be honored by France. The former Issey Miyake designer will be made a chevalier of art and letters in a ceremony in Paris on Friday. Takizawa plans to launch his own fashion line in New York in September with the backing of Miyake.
SWEET MONTANA: Old-fashion heroes never die in Paris. They get invited to make pastries. At least that's the case with Claude Montana, who, earlier this month, unveiled a cake he "designed" for the legendary Café de la Paix. He calls the white chocolate and passion fruit confection set on a coconut biscuit "Passion Victim." Its shape vaguely resembles the bottle of his 1989 fragrance, "Parfum d'Elle." He promised that the cake was just as light as the fragrance smelled. Montana said he hadn't disavowed the past. "I want to write a book about the people I met and appreciated during my career," he said.