HAVING A BALL: “Talk about grace on a court,” gushed Andre Agassi of French Open men’s winner Roger Federer. The retired tennis hero was in town with wife Stefanie Graf as guests of honor for the tournament. As Ambassadors of Elegance for Swatch Group’s Longines brand, the official partner of the tennis event, the couple also used the opportunity to talk up their respective charities: the Andre Agassi Foundation and the Children for Tomorrow Foundation. When asked who the model of elegance is in tennis today, Graf replied: “The sport in itself has a lot of style and elegance. If you look at history and see the early days of tennis, you can put those words together.” Agassi, however, was eager to put his earlier tennis looks (of the big bleached hair, bandanas and neon spandex shorts variety) behind him. “Aww, I’ve forgotten those years,” he demurred. So who has the best style on court today? “My wife,” he said.
HOST THE MOST: Azzedine Alaïa is to host a preview exhibition of some 40 vintage pieces by Elsa Schiaparelli slated to go under the hammer July 3 at Drouot-Richelieu in Paris as part of a vintage couture sale. Alaïa’s exhibit will run June 26 to 28 at his Paris headquarters.
AMERICAN BEAUTY: Following actress Elizabeth Banks’ recent appointment as a L’Oréal Paris spokeswoman, Max Mara is to present her with its Face of the Future award on Friday, as part of the Crystal + Lucy Awards. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. In the run-up, Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Reynolds and Abbie Cornish are among stars expected to join Banks for a Max Mara gala dinner on Wednesday at the Chateau Marmont.