Fashion Scoops: Right Royal Gems... Russian Fever... Winning Wool Designer

The trickle-down effect of the Marie Antoinette revival sparked by Sofia Coppola is still bearing fruit.

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Festivities were hampered by a major power outage. Outside, a small group of animal rights protestors demonstrated against mulesing, a common practice in Australian sheep farming.

Projects in line for Hao, meanwhile, include a line of masks that will be featured in Vogue China for its December holiday issue.

WONDER WALL: The glamour of the Paris runways cropped up in the unlikely setting of a housing project for 278 disadvantaged residents in Boulogne-Billancourt outside Paris last Wednesday. Patrick Blanc's lush vertical garden featuring 30 plant species, the backdrop for Stella McCartney's show last October, was inaugurated by the town's mayor, PPR executives and nonprofit associations while the collection was shown on an adjacent screen. "The intention from the start was for the wall to have a life after the show, because there is something really depressing about a 20-minute fashion show and the decor is all thrown away," said McCartney, via e-mail. "We wanted to be responsible, and I'm really happy we celebrated that today." Green-haired Blanc jetted in from Los Angeles, where he's designing another "living wall" for Frank Gehry's Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and next heads to Shanghai for his first installation in China. Blanc has created some 200 vertical gardens, including his first in the U.K., and in Germany this year, where Berlin's Galeries Lafayette is adorned with his green façade. Mayor Pierre-Christophe Baguet, meanwhile, is keen to grow connections with the Pinault family. As part of the latest plans to rejuvenate the Ile Seguin, where François Pinault abandoned plans to locate an art foundation in favor of Venice, the mayor has solicited Pinault's input for a sculpture garden.
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