MODEL SALE: French model and former designer Ines de la Fressange has lent her face to France's traditional winter sales period, which kicked off Wednesday nationwide. "Paris should have a high profile in fashion and I wanted to help," said de la Fressange, who also lends her talents to the shoe firm Roger Vivier. French retailers and the board of tourism have banded together to raise the profile of the sale period in Paris by attracting shoppers from beyond France's borders with a high-wattage publicity campaign and special promotions.
PUTTING ON THE RITZ: Holiday festivities aren't yet over for Dior, which will be seeing in the Old Russian New Year this weekend with a trunk show in Paris at the Ritz. The private event speaks to the spending power of Russian consumers. It will showcase Dior's spring ready-to-wear collection and fine jewelry collections.