TANGO IN PARIS:
Inés Sastre and Monica Cruz joined Valentino Garavani and Mango president Isak Andic at the Spanish chain’s new 13,000-square-foot Boulevard Haussmann store Sunday, followed by dinner at the Opera Garnier to launch the 2009 Mango Fashion Awards, judged by Valentino. Cruz, whose fourth Mango collection with sister Penelope comes out in spring, is turning her hand to costume design for her next movie “Jerry Cotton,” which is based on a German comic strip. “They told me I could come with my ideas,” the actress said. “They don’t know what they’ve done.” Sastre, meanwhile, has re-signed at Lancôme, for whom she’s been a spokeswoman for 12 years, to front its Miracle fragrance. While many guests teamed Mango dresses with designer jewelry, Julie Depardieu donned a kooky men’s wear ensemble topped off with a bowler hat, acquired hastily when she realized the “cocktail” dress code. “All the girls are checking me out,” she quipped. Spanish actress Goya Toledo said she’s looking forward to the premier of “Los Años desnudos” (The Nude Years) in which she plays an actress who destroys herself ,while French actress Linda Hardy is next playing a man-eater in “Marginal Tango” alongside Zoé Félix. Mango, which previewed its spring collection by Belgian designer Sandra Fasoli, winner of its inaugural award, has a host of upcoming collaborations, including apparel with American designer Adam Lippes, a shoe line with Carlos Puig and T-shirts with writer Paulo Coelho. Executives said they would love to recruit Valentino to the Mango team. “No, no, no,” said the man himself when asked if he would consider designing a fast fashion line. “I am not in that mood any more,” he said, adding that he has many surprises up his sleeve, including designing for theater, next year.