Victoria’s Secret Show Goes On
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Victoria’s Secret offices in Manhattan were packed with costumers on Monday! Several Angels, such as Miranda Kerr and Adriana Lima came in for fittings. The glitz will be unveiled Wednesday at the 69th Regiment Armory. There will be two fashion shows, one at 4 p.m. and a second at 8 p.m., where generators and forklifts rented by Victoria’s Secret were loaned to the National Guard during the disaster. Throughout the hurricane emergency, the Victoria’s Secret provided hotel rooms in New York City for creative talent to continue working on costumes as well as show and stage props. Costume-shop artisans Jamie Filippelli and Mary Shaffer were working feverishly on a costume commemorating the 10th anniversary of Swarovski Elements’ partnership with the show, a concoction of Swarovski crystals and beads sewn onto nude-tone netting. The idea is to “make it look like the crystals and beads are floating in the air,” explained Filippelli of the star piece.
François Pinault Victory
François Pinault has prevailed in the long-running legal battle between Artemis SA and California’s insurance commissioner, at least for now. After an eight-day federal jury trial in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California here, jurors on Oct. 29 rejected the claim in which the California insurance commissioner was seeking $4.33 billion in profits and interest stemming from the sale of a California life insurance company and junk-bond portfolio to French investors in 1991.
Artemis, the holding company through which Pinault controls luxury conglomerate PPR, acquired part of the junk-bond portfolio in 1992 and a controlling stake in the insurance company. The case first went to trial in 2005 and Artemis was the only one of the French defendants that didn’t settle with the insurance commissioner.
YSL Gets Actor for Biopic
French actor and model Gaspard Ulliel, the face of Chanel’s male fragrance Blue, will play the role of Yves Saint Laurent in a new biopic to be directed by Bertrand Bonello, according to Eric Altmayer, the producer of the film. Shooting on “Saint Laurent” is due to start next spring, he added. The film is cowritten by Bonello — whose last feature, “House of Tolerance,” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year — and Thomas Bidegain, known for his work with director Jacques Audiard on “Rust and Bone” and “A Prophet.”
Ulliel is best remembered for his role as a young Hannibal Lecter in “Hannibal Rising,” and was recently seen in the historical drama “The Princess of Montpensier.” He has also appeared in a campaign for Longchamp alongside Kate Moss.
– Taneisha Jordan
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