Front Row at Givenchy

There was an eclectic lineup at the men's show. Guests included soccer player Luis Nene and private chef Daniel de la Falaise.

AA Bronson and Marc Krayenoff

AA Bronson and Marc Krayenoff

Photo By Dominique Maitre

IN THE DARK: Riccardo Tisci sent prints of snarling dogs down the catwalk at Givenchy, but his guests were docile as puppies as they waited almost one-and-a-half hours for organizers to resolve problems with the electricity supply at the venue.

Brazilian soccer player Luis Nene was attending his first fashion show, having transferred to Paris team PSG from Monaco this season, but he did not see himself following in the footsteps of David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo as a model. “I don’t know if I’m good-looking enough for that,” he laughed.

Lancôme International president Youcef Nabi was preparing for the launch of the brand’s new Absolu Nu lipstick in March. “It’s the first time you will see Kate Winslet on television practically naked in a campaign shot by Mario Testino,” the executive said. Lancôme is also providing funding for Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation, which helps people with autism.

Private chef Daniel de la Falaise revealed he would launch a line of macerated olive oils, called Le garde manger de la Falaise, in London in summer, while Vanessa Traina has just completed a second advertising campaign for French contemporary brand Maje and is freelancing as a stylist for T: The New York Times Style Magazine.    

Completing the eclectic lineup were artist AA Bronson and his partner, architect Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur, both sporting luxuriant beards. Bronson is in town for a retrospective devoted to Canadian art collective General Idea, of which he was a member, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, starting Feb. 11. Krayenoff said he was busy renovating Lou Reed’s home and office in New York City.