HAMMER TIME: Following the death of couturier Yves Saint Laurent last month, interest in vintage YSL continues to heat up at auction. One of the designer's iconic safari jackets in beige gabardine from 1969 sold at auction by Lasseron & Associés in Paris on Monday for 1,500 euros, or $2,355 at current exchange, handily exceeding its pre-auction estimate of 800 euros, or $1,256.
TEAM SPIRIT: "It smells amazing in here," Juicy Couture's Gela Nash-Taylor cooed as her heels dug into the fragrant wood that blanketed the runway at the Givenchy couture show Tuesday night. Nash-Taylor is in town for the latest gig of her husband, Duran Duran bass player John Taylor, at La Cigale tonight. "They collaborated with Mark Ronson so it's going to be amazing."
WHO'S THAT GIRL?: Turning up in an $8,000 Balenciaga dress to flit around snapping Janet Jackson before taking a front-row seat at Christian Lacroix is one way to make an impression. "I wore it to my senior prom," disclosed chirpy 18-year-old Julia Frakes, who just graduated from Wyoming Seminary. Frakes, who filmed Lacroix's entire show while proud mom Jane Alperin took photos of each look, has been blogging for Paper magazine's Fashion Schmashion column for the last six months, after brazenly asking the magazine's co-editor and co-publisher, Kim Hastreiter, to be her friend on Facebook.
"When she came in, I was kind of shocked to see how young she was — she was 17 when she first came to us — but boy, was she adorable and smart as a whip," said Hastreiter.
Writing is in Frakes' genes — grandfather James Frakes was the book critic for The New York Times, while actor Jonathan Frakes of "Star Trek" fame is her uncle. With her childlike appearance, possibly a result of her vegan diet, Frakes may not look college age, but she likely will defer her college acceptances for fall to carry on blogging.