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Picture This from Paris Haute Couture Day 1

Picture This from Paris Haute Couture Day 1

Arrived at Alexis Mabille and first person I saw was Cathy Horyn, New York Times, our guest of honour in May. She is really looking forward to talking with journalism students.

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Mabille very flowery – but then, it is for Spring/Summer? Hard to believe that it will ever get warm.

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Gossip in Paris all about two fired Vogue editors, French and Russian. Unprintable speculations but will divulge a few stories on February 3rd.

Russian L’Officiel also in hot water, editor and partner of French L’Officiel fired. Marie-José Susskind Jalou, President of Les Éditions Jalou (our guest of honour in 2002), told me that there is a new team hired, editor-in-chief Evelina Khromtchenko (our guest of honour in 2005) rehired but partner who only has 6 months before contract is up refuses to leave unless paid 100,000 Euros a day. The crime section of the Kremlin also involved…

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On to Christophe Josse also quite ready for Spring.

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On to Bouchra Jarrar. Didier Grumbach, president of the Chambre Syndicale very happy to report that both French Vogue and French Elle are devoting an entire issue to small designers — for the first time — who cannot afford to advertise. Readers are tired of the big brands. Bouchra is on the cover of Elle this month.

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To Dior at Musée Rodin, a mystery. Clients will need not a private plane but a private cargo plane to travel. Who can say what John Galliano had in mind at the end of the show. A beatnik matador maybe? He was dressed in black with a touch of red.

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Armani Privé very colourful. Very shiny.

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Celebs included Sophia Loren with minder….

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Pedro Almodovar, also with minder….

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…and Jodie Foster

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I don’t know what their contracts specify, but decades ago Sophia Loren was paid $50,000 just to turn up. Her cleavage is worth it.

Written by: Gladys Perint Palmer

Click here to read more of “Picture This” by GPP. For more on her coverage of the Paris Haute Couture 2011 shows, click here. 


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