Front Row at Schiaparelli

Jean Paul Gaultier, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Elle Macpherson and Inès de la Fressange were among the guests Monday.

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

Photo By Stéphane Feugère

NEW BEGINNINGS: Seeing a fuchsia carpet rolled out before the entrance to Schiaparelli’s couture show on Monday for the first time since 1954, Jean Paul Gaultier couldn’t hold back.

“I love it; that’s what wakes you up in the morning,” he gushed, sporting a polka-dot cravat in a wink to the surrealist designer.

Gaultier, whose exhibition “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk to the Catwalk” will travel to London’s Barbican in April, said he had recently realized that his grandfather’s mother was English.

“Voilà! That explains everything,” exclaimed the designer, whose pre-fall collection was packed with London references.

Fuchsia is also the color of a vintage embroidered Schiaparelli twin-set owned by Inès de la Fressange.

“It belonged to Catherine Deneuve before. I’m gaga; I should have worn it today,” said the multitasking style icon, who added she would swing by the Schiaparelli auction later this week at Christie’s in Paris. “There’ll be amazing things there that belonged to Gogo, Elsa’s daughter.”

However, de la Fressange added she will not separate from the powder box Salvador Dalí designed for Schiaparelli, also in her possession.

All of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy’s vintage pieces are gone. “My mother, who was a great [collector] of vintage, put them in a place in the country house, where the water destroyed it [all]. It’s terrible,” lamented the model and singer, who is touring in France until May.

Elle Macpherson, meanwhile, revealed she was starting a new beauty brand in March. “It’s green — that’s all I’m going to tell you,” said the Australian model with a flourishing intimates business. “This year, we are expanding [the] product line and distribution.”

Next to her was Jean-Paul Goude, fresh off a campaign shoot for Vionnet. “I did one nice picture and it’s supposed to be out by now, but since they don’t buy much space I haven’t see it,” mused the photographer, adding he would not mind snapping the new Schiaparelli woman.

Meanwhile, Valentino’s creative directors Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri were taking it easy. “It’s so strange, we’re only guests,” said Piccioli, twiddling his thumbs.

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