BLEACHERS CHIC: Kris Van Assche's runway debut for Dior Homme Sunday night at the climax of Men's Fashion Week in Paris brought out all kinds of fashion-world heavyweights, from Bernard Arnault to John Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld. Despite all that star power, however, Amanda Lepore and American rapper Cazwell stole the spotlight, creating a paparazzi frenzy as they were escorted to their seats.
STEPPING OUT: Word is that Roger Vivier could be about to welcome a new general manager. According to a Paris source, Sabine Brunner, who heads up Tod's business in Asia-Pacific, is headed to Paris to run the luxury footwear and accessories firm.
BANK JOB: Comme des Garçons is taking its "guerrilla store" concept to America. Scheduled to open on Feb. 16 for one year, the boutique will take up residence in a former bank in downtown Los Angeles at 125 West 4th Street. The industrial space features 25-foot-high ceilings, concrete floors and white-tiled walls.
THE SKINNY ON SLIMANE: Hedi Slimane, who exited Dior Homme last spring, may no longer show during Men's Fashion Week, but his fashion instincts are still on display. His new visual "fashion diary," just added to his Web site, hedislimane.com, includes striking close-ups of actress-singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, rocker Pete Doherty in a topcoat and fedora and scores of nattily dressed young men in nightclubs. The photo archives go back to Slimane's days at Yves Saint Laurent and include castings, fittings and backstage scenes.