Front Row at Saint Laurent

Lenny Kravitz and Alex Kapranos attended the men’s show in Paris.

Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa

Photo By Stéphane Feugère

SAFETY IN NUMBERS: Is the front row still the front row if there is someone sitting in front of you?

At the Saint Laurent men’s show in Paris on Sunday, guests including Lenny Kravitz and Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos found themselves peering over the heads of young guests who camped on the floor on the edge of the runway.

“How to get everybody in – there’s a lot of very keen people,” Kapranos mused good-naturedly. Franz Ferdinand had played the Solidays festival on the outskirts of Paris the night before, and the singer was looking forward to headlining Fuji Rock in Japan on July 25. “It’s an incredible setting, Japanese audiences are amazing and, you know, it’s just a really well-curated festival. There’s always a great lineup and a good vibe,” he said.

In the meantime, Kapranos will be following the World Cup from his travels. Asked who he is backing to win, Kapranos jokingly replied: “Scotland – the eternal optimist. But also of course my family roots lie in Greece as well, and they’re through to this round, so there’s a chance that they could still win.”

In addition to the heavy contingent of teens, the show drew regulars including Kering chairman and chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault – without his wife Salma Hayek – as well as Yves Saint Laurent’s former business partner, Pierre Bergé, and muse Betty Catroux.

Jamie Bochert said she was heading to London shortly to shoot a video for her song “Sleep” with director Marie Schuller from SHOWstudio, to be styled by Amanda Harlech. “I’m really excited about that,” she confided.