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Spoiler alert for fans of “Gossip Girl:” The television series started filming the first two episodes of season four in Paris on Tuesday, and Blake Lively — aka Serena van der Woodsen — let slip a few plot hints at the Chanel couture show. “It involves hidden identities and Chuck and Blair bumping into each other, and just love affairs and beautiful clothes,” she said. Down the row, co-star Leighton Meester said she had just taken a break from her role as queen bee Blair Waldorf by playing a character who is “sort of dorky and uptight and a little bit insecure” in the teen flick “Monte Carlo,” co-starring Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy. Meester proved she is a good sport by chatting amicably with Clémence Poésy, who has a guest spot on “Gossip Girl” playing her French love rival.
Most guests found there was drama enough on the catwalk, which was dominated by a colossal 40-foot-tall gold lion. Milla Jovovich gasped at the “unbelievable” set, while Jessica Alba walked around taking souvenir snaps.
“I feel like I’m in ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” exclaimed Anna Mouglalis. “I saw the original miniature version in Coco Chanel’s apartment, but this is massive.”
Speaking of bombastic projects, architect Peter Marino said he was working on the design of a large Chanel store slated to open in Beirut at the end of the year. “That’s where it’s all happening right now,” he said. Dressed in a powder pink tweed suit, Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi said she was in Paris to pick some outfits to wear to the Venice Film Festival in September. Meanwhile, Elisa Sednaoui has a roll of ad campaigns coming out in September, including one for Diane von Furstenberg. Gaia Repossi said she was juggling five jewelry projects, due to be unveiled in September, but would still be taking a long summer vacation. “I am spending the entire month of August in Sri Lanka practicing yoga in an ecological retreat in the jungle,” she said.