Women’s Wear Daily
04.18.2014

Spring Ready-to-Wear 2012

Balenciaga

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Front Row at Balenciaga Spring 2012

Collapsing benches upstaged celebrities, with some editors falling flat on their backs.

Salma Hayek

STAND AND DELIVER: It was standing room only — literally — at Balenciaga. Collapsing benches upstaged celebrities, with some editors falling flat on their backs. After about a half dozen benches succumbed — supporting the likes of Mario Testino, Carine Roitfeld and Linda Wells — Balenciaga chief executive Isabelle Guichot got on the PA to offer apologies, and ask that people stand during the show for safety reasons.


Apparently, there were no serious injuries, while some wispy fashion types wondered aloud whether it might be time for a collective industry diet.


“What happened? What happened?” Chiara Mastroianni cried out earlier to Salma Hayek as the Mexican-born actress gingerly walked towards her seat in rope-soled platforms, her right ankle wrapped in a bandage. “A little bit crippled,” Hayek whispered, explaining that she had previously torn ligaments and recently twisted the ankle again. So are such high heels advisable? “It’s okay for five minutes,” she shrugged.


Actress Isabelle Huppert said she’s about to reprise her role as Blanche in a Paris production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” — “Un Tramway” in French — at the Théâtre de L’ Odéon starting Nov. 25. She’s also been busy promoting her new movie, “My Worst Nightmare,” a comedy by Anne Fontaine, and will exhibit her photography during the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea next month.


Mastroianni’s famous mom, Catherine Deneuve, has just wrapped the latest Asterix and Obelix film, in which she plays Cordelia, the Queen of England. “I am taking some time off now,” she said, noting her plans include hanging out in New York City later in the year. “I like going downtown, walking about, checking out the museums, and generally just doing nothing,” she said. Charlotte Gainsbourg, clad in head-to-toe Balenciaga, is busy promoting her new album, “Stage Whisper,” which comes out in November.


French actress Marina Foïs said she will soon appear in “Polisse,” a film written and directed by Maïwenn Le Besco, also present at the show. It hits French theaters Oct. 19. Next year Foïs will hit the boards in a French tour of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” directed by Jean-Louis Martinelli.


Meanwhile, Foïs’s partner, director Eric Lartigau, is work writing an as-yet untitled film with Bertrand Blier. “It’s a comedy,” he said. Will Marina take one of the leading roles, as she has in three of his four most recent movies? “It’s too early to say who will star in it,” he demurred.

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