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Guests arriving at the Chanel show at the Grand Palais were greeted by giant sculptures of whales and seashells, prompting musings about aquatic encounters.

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman

Photo By Stephane Feugere

UNDER THE SEA: Guests arriving at the Chanel show at the Grand Palais were greeted by giant sculptures of algae, whales and seashells, prompting musings about aquatic encounters. “I think if you haven’t nearly drowned in your life, you haven’t lived,” joked Uma Thurman. The actress said she had several movies in the pipeline, including the adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s classic novel, “Bel Ami,” co-starring Robert Pattinson.


Sean Lennon and his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl, both dressed in a Victorian style, were so busy posing for photos that their front-row seats had been filled by the time they got there. Eventually, some space was cleared for the pair, in town for a concert Thursday at the Café de la Danse. “It was very ethereal,” Lennon said afterwards. “I think they should have handed out snorkels for everyone though. I was holding my breath the whole time.” His publishing company, Chimera Library, will release its first book next year, “Invisible Flower,” based on drawings by his mother, Yoko Ono, from the Fifties.


Like Botticelli’s Venus, Florence Welch stood in a giant seashell for a live performance during the show. “It’s breathtaking, each time it’s a surprise,” marveled Inès de la Fressange as she gazed at the set.


Japanese model and actress Kiko Mizuhara recently completed her second film, about religious fanatics in Japan. “I’m pretty much a psycho,” she said of the role. Canadian singer Béatrice Martin, aka Coeur de Pirate, said she’s preparing for a French tour following the November release of her new album “Blonde.” Clémence Poésy noted she’s due to start filming “Mr. Morgan's Last Love,” directed by Sandra Nettelbeck, opposite Michael Caine. “We’ll be filming in Paris, Belgium and Cologne," she said.