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WHITE MISCHIEF: When French President Nicolas Sarkozy wed Carla Bruni in Paris on Saturday, there was little fanfare, but plenty of fashion elements. The bride, a pop singer and former model, wore a short, sleeveless, off-white dress by Hermès, according to sources, and witnesses for the nuptials included Mathilde Agostinelli, Prada's European p.r., and Farida Khelfa, the former model, couture directrice at Jean-Paul Gaultier and Paris social figure. The nuptials — confirmed in a one-sentence announcement from the Elysée Palace — end weeks of intense expectation in Europe and ushers in another guessing game: Will France's new First Lady grace any front rows during Paris Fashion Week later this month?
SUPER SUNDAY: What do body-hugging bandage dresses and football uniforms have in common? Not much, except that thanks to the scheduling gods, the two vied for attention at Sunday morning's Hervé Léger show (the first formal one for the label since the mid-Nineties). Team Legér drew an impressive lineup of front row ladies wearing their creations: Joy Bryant in bright orange; Emily Deschanel in black, and Melissa George in snow white. And many of them pleaded ignorance to the sporting action going on later that evening. "I had no idea who was playing [in the Super Bowl] until a few days ago. I thought it was the Jets and then someone corrected me. I'd rather watch a UFC fight than football," said Mandy Moore. Joss Stone, bedecked in a strapless rainbow number, was equally uninterested, claiming her only post-show plans were to see friends and sleep. "It's sooo early," she said of the 11 a.m. call time. "I'm a musician. We stay up late."
But a few girls admitted they'd soon be donning more comfy ensembles to take in the big game. "I'm going to throw on sweats," said Sophia Bush. "I have a lot of friends in town so we're going to pick a bar and go watch and eat chicken wings...I'm rooting for the Giants. I always root for the underdog."
Perhaps she and Ginnifer Goodwin should go head-to-head. The actress, who said she was there to "window shop," will also be glued to a TV screen — but not in support of New York. "I went to school in Boston, so I'm definitely rooting for the Patriots," she said with a smile.