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COLD FRONT: The Dior show in Paris on Friday took place on a Surrealist set that featured oversize silver balloons and a Magritte-inspired cloudy sky on the floor. “I’m ready to fly,” noted Dior chief executive officer Sidney Toledano, stretching out his arms.
Among the guests were Dior brand ambassador Marion Cotillard, Mélanie Laurent, Olivia Palermo, Peter Marino and Scottish designer Christopher Kane, who said he was invited by Dior’s couturier, Raf Simons. “He’s been really nice to me,” said Kane, whose business is now majority owned by PPR.
Several of the actresses in attendance are filming in the cold climes of Canada. Laurent said she’s heading to Winnipeg on Tuesday to start shooting Claudia Llosa’s “Cry/Fly,” a drama also starring Jennifer Connelly. “It’s a road movie,” she said, pausing for dramatic effect, “on the ice roads.”
Marie-Josée Croze just returned from Quebec, having filmed fall and winter scenes for Denys Arcand’s “Deux nuits,” a love story also starring Mélanie Thierry.
Even though born in chilly Montreal, the Canadian Croze did a mock shiver when asked about the weather she encountered. “It’s hard, even when you’re used to it,” she said. Croze is to head back for the warm-weather episodes of the four-seasons saga.
Cotillard was swept to her seat moments before the show began. Afterward she joined the crush of well-wishers congratulating Simons backstage. “I think he is increasingly putting his stamp on the house, and it bodes really well for the future,” she remarked.
Quietly avoiding the hubbub was R&B singer Frank Ocean, who shrugged off the news that German media giant Bertelsmann was buying out its joint-venture partner in music publishing company BMG, which manages the rights to his songs as well as those of artists including Bruno Mars and Johnny Cash.
“I’ve found that in the American music industry, it operates more like a franchise industry where individual artists have individual infrastructure and aren’t really affected by the things within the more corporate infrastructure,” he said. “It’s probably fairly irrelevant to my day-to-day business, to be honest.”
Chitrangada Singh was attending her first Paris fashion show, even though it coincided with the release of her latest movie, “I, Me aur Main,” in India. In it she plays a woman who decides to become a single mother after deciding her boyfriend would make a poor father.
“He’s a commitment phobic, basically very selfish man who we call a man-child — so it’s like an invisible diaper on them that they wear, which he’s refusing to come out of,” the actress explained. “For Indian audiences it’s very, very modern for somebody to actually give up on a man that she really loves but still have his baby.”