Front Row at Louis Vuitton

David Beckham and Michael Stipe took in the men’s show in Paris.

Aarif Lee

Aarif Lee

Photo By Stéphane Feugère

HALFTIME: Is David Beckham looking to expand his bodywear line for H&M into a full-fledged men’s offering? “No,” said the recently retired soccer player, who attended the Louis Vuitton men’s show in Paris on Thursday. “I spent so much time in Paris and Kim Jones is my friend, so I’m here supporting him and obviously Marc [Jacobs] as well, and just here to enjoy the show.”

Jones, men’s studio and style director at Vuitton, has old connections with the world of soccer: He previously designed a line for English sportswear firm Umbro, which supplied Beckham’s kit, both for Manchester United and the England team.

What about his wife Victoria Beckham’s recent suggestion that Becks would make an ideal James Bond? Beckham let out a small laugh. “She was joking,” he demurred.

Michael Stipe was in a similarly modest mood. The R.E.M. front man said he collaborated with DJ Honey Dijon on the show’s soundtrack. “I was just there helping Honey. It’ll be a lot clearer after the show,” he said. It turns out the pair spliced together the R.E.M. classics “The One I Love” and “Losing My Religion.”

While Jacobs was spotted mouthing the lyrics, Stipe said his interests these days extend beyond music. A keen sculptor, he also recently designed a T-shirt for Shred of Hope, an online auction to raise funds for the Ali Forney Center, which provides housing for homeless LGBT youth in New York City.

The shirts were designed by artists, musicians and activists including Adam Lambert, Alan Cumming and Ally Sheedy.

Among the other guests were American footballer Victor Cruz, French actor Pio Marmaï, Hong Kong actor and singer Aarif Lee and South Korean singer Taeyang, who was followed out of the show by a gaggle of excitable French fans.