PARIS…AS IN FRANCE! YOU KNOW: GAY PAREE! HOLY COW AND BONJOUR SAILOR!—On Friday, Feb. 29, at Bercy Stadium in the 12th Arrondissement, a model in a beautiful gray gown with a two-foot-tall silver tree on her head was walking the runway in Alexander McQueen’s fashion show.
The designer apparently has a bird fetish; there had been lots of scary squawking sounds piped into the auditorium before the music started. In the middle of the stage was another tree, a giant one, wrapped in sheets of gray plastic. His fall collection included some wild Queen Elizabethan royal blue, crimson and white velvety numbers.
Afterward, Fendi had a party where the troubled singer Amy Winehouse performed for 20 minutes, witnesses told the Transom, who was too busy forking some snails out of their shells at the historic Brasserie LIPP in the Saint-Germain district to attend. Across the street was the Deux Magots café, where Ernest Hemingway used to sip his espressos. Fiat heir-cum-designer Lapo Elkann turned up at the LIPP too, with a comely cousin, whom he kept close at all times. “You must enjoy Paris,” said Mr. Elkann, who keeps an apartment in town. “This is one of my favorite times of year.”
Did we ever!
The night before, the actor Kiefer Sutherland had slipped into town for a stealth one-night visit to his lovely, hard-working girlfriend, Allure stylist Siobhan Bonnou.
On Saturday, couturier John Galliano had his show in the Grande Halle de la Vilette. The theme was gypsy-Xanadu and the room reeked of incense. Rapper Kanye West attended with his fashionable fiancee, Alexis Phifer; they’d been to at least three other shows that day and she’d had a costume change for each one. Mr. Galliano showed an array of flowing pastels and some enormous bulbous chapeaux.
On Sunday, New York socialite-journalist Derek Blasberg co-hosted a party with Opening Ceremony, a Manhattan retailer and design partner of actress Chloë Sevigny; and GrandLife, a New York City cultural guide, at the club Paris, Paris, on Avenue Del’ Opéra. Currently co-authoring a book with the Olsen twins, Mr. Blasberg managed to lure Mary-Kate, Ms. Sevigny and model-cum-designer Milla Jovovich, who appears to have shed most of the 70 pounds she packed on during her recent pregnancy, away from a Miu Miu party at Chez Castel, a boite in the Sixth Arrondissement. “There was a hot mosh pit of Milla and Chloë and MK,” said a witness. “Ben Cho and the Misshapes were spinning.” Ooh la la!