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04.20.2014
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Fashion Scoops: The Write Stuff... Fuzzy Wuzzy... Fly Boy...

If Nicolas Ghesquiÿre ever considers a career change, speech writing might not be it.

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Nicolas Ghesquiere and Charlotte Gainsbourg
THE WRITE STUFF: If Nicolas Ghesquière ever considers a career change, speech writing might not be it. "It's a tough job," he confessed moments before PPR boss François-Henri Pinault decorated the Balenciaga designer as a Chevalier of Arts and Letters, the French government's "most elitist" award of merit, Pinault noted. Maryvonne Pinault, Pierre Hardy, L'Wren Scott, Jonathan Newhouse and Carine Roitfeld were among those who joined oodles of staffers at Balenciaga's Paris headquarters to toast a designer Pinault regaled as a champion athlete in his youth, in sports from cross-country skiing to swimming. Charlotte Gainsbourg stood out in a vivid green sack dress she had belted at the waist. It was Balenciaga, certainly, but what season? "Spring — or summer, I guess. I'm not sure," she demurred. While awaiting the release of James Ivory's "City of Your Final Destination," in which she stars, Gainsbourg said she's taking a break from movies, but not music: "I'm thinking about an album."

FUZZY WUZZY: It's a bear market out there — at least where Karl Lagerfeld is concerned. The famous German teddy bear maker Steiff plans to immortalize the indefatigable couturier in stuffed-animal form. The fuzzy Karl comes complete with dark glasses, a dark suit, high collar and logo belt buckle — nuclear-powered design prowess not included.

FLY BOY: French President Nicolas Sarkozy is known to enjoy lavish media attention — but he has his limits. He plans to sue Irish airline Ryanair for unauthorized use of his image in an ad published in two French dailies depicting him and Carla Bruni, with a balloon caption of Bruni saying, "With Ryanair, my whole family can come to my wedding." The ad plays on rampant rumors Sarkozy and Bruni are to wed in the coming weeks.

BETSEY'S BIRTHDAY: Betsey Johnson is celebrating 30 years of fuchsia, lace and funky frillery with a look back during her fall show on Sunday. The kooky designer plans to kick off her 30th anniversary year with a finale of 15 looks from the past three decades. "It's my favorite stuff, the core stuff," said Johnson of the designs, most of them found with the help of vintage dealers since she had "no closet space" to archive. And she plans to continue the revelry with more events later in the year, since Aug. 10 (also her birthday and wedding anniversary), is the actual anniversary of her first collection, resort 1978. Of course, the retrospective segment won't replace her signature end of show cartwheel. "It's a good cross check on me," said Johnson. "If I can do a cartwheel, I know I'm alive."
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