FLASH DANCE: At Jean Paul Gaultier's royalty-themed couture show last Wednesday, a mysterious eight-year-old said to be the daughter of a princess was a front-row curiosity for the paparazzi. "She's the daughter of a princess; we can't reveal her identity," said her so-called chaperone, who fiddled with the child's hairstyle, retouching her makeup before, oddly, shooing off photographers. The girl was clad in a miniature Chanel jacket and handbag, knee-high boots and oversize sunglasses. Word has it she was acting as a miniature editor for a story in French daily Liberation.
Catherine Deneuve, who sat next to Pedro Almodóvar, is not one to shy away from flashes. She just finished filming "Un Conte de Noël" with her daughter, Chiara Mastroianni, and said she planned to head "far, far away" for the summer holidays.
HEAVY MEDAL: Juggling career and motherhood is second nature for popular Paris headhunter Floriane de Saint Pierre — even when receiving a Legion of Honor medal from the French state. While business titan François Pinault praised her audaciousness, rigorous discipline and passionate approach to her work, de Saint Pierre's youngest son, Gabriel, 22 months, was having none of it, rushing to her for attention. Also on hand were industrial designer Marc Newson, Azzaro designer Vanessa Seward and Nino Cerruti.
SECRET RECIPE: What's the one thing a multimillionaire best-selling author needs to do on her downtime? "Learn to cook," according to Silicon Valley financier Tom Perkins, Danielle Steel's friend and ex-husband. Steel, who sat in her habitual front-row perch at the Christian Lacroix couture show, isn't planning to lend her prose to the joy of cooking, however. "I said I would cook something for him and he was afraid," joked Steel, who has been busy editing her new book, "Rogue."