Fashion Scoops: Waterworld... Down Time... Air Supply...

Japanese actress Shinobu Terajima, who was born into a famous kabuki family, took in her first Paris fashion show when she went to Kenzo on Saturday.

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Jose Castro seals in style.

Photo By Giovanni Giannoni

WATERWORLD: Japanese actress Shinobu Terajima, who was born into a famous kabuki family, took in her first Paris fashion show when she went to Kenzo on Saturday. Another first: Terajima just portrayed a mermaid in a "monster" film aimed at children. "Usually I play humans," she said with a laugh. The role had her donning a wet suit, then a mermaid costume and then plunging into cold waters. "What a hard shooting," she exclaimed. Fortunately, it's back to the dry stage for her this fall. Up-and-coming French actor Andy Gillet said that he just shot the campaign for Kenzo's next men's fragrance. "I don't even know what it's called yet," he said. "It's top secret."

DOWN TIME: Lapo Elkann is the latest designer to hook up with Moncler, the Italy-based down jacket specialist, for his lifestyle brand Italia Independent. The collaboration produced two unisex garments, a black down vest and slim-fit hooded jacket. Both pieces, unveiled at Elkann's Pop Art-filled pad here Friday, will hit stores in July, with an exclusive U.S. department store deal with Barneys New York. "I've tested [the jackets] in Paris, in New York and in the mountains in Italy," said Elkann. He also plans to put one of his new techno peacoats, lined with a wind- and water-proof membrane, through its paces when he sets sail on a cross-Atlantic voyage this November in his state-of-the-art sailboat, named Stealth.

AIR SUPPLY: Some designers work in a bubble; José Castro puts them on his runway. On Friday, he sent out two outrageous looks that left the audience — but thankfully not his models — gasping. His bubble girls — ventilation systems attached — underlined the message that puffed-up volumes are in; germs are out.

BREATHING EASY: The Bleu Comme Bleu beauty salon, off the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, recently opened what's billed as Paris' first oxygen bar — just in time to ease end-of-the-fashion-marathon malaise. The purified oxygen comes scented with aromatic cocktails, including Retour de Fête (Post Party), a zesty ginger, peppermint and lemon mix designed to help with headaches and hangovers. Proponents of oxygen bars — already popular in the U.S. and Japan — say it can increase alertness, reduce stress and reinforce the immune system. Each 10- to 15-minute session is free-of-charge to Bleu Comme Bleu clients and 10 euros, or $15.20 at the current exchange rate, for everyone else.
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