Kimye Wedding: quiet before the storm?

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All is sunny and quiet here in Paris this week. Hollywood arrived on Wednesday, but quickly descended onto the riviera for the Cannes Film Festival. Among them Nicole Kidman, Zoe Saldana, Blake Lively, and Naomie Watts. Many more stars are arriving today.

But here in Paris, the main event is next weekend. Kim Kardashian will marry Kanye West on Saturday May 24th. And the paparazzi are scrambling to find out the details! Bonne chance…  Continue reading

The Bardot Edit: Paris Couture Week 2014

Couture season in Paris is not for the faint of heart. This week’s fashion hustle was punctuated by star-studded events featuring supermodels (Elle Macpherson), girlfriends of supermodels (Michelle Rodriguez), reality stars (Kim Kardashian), scandalous bloggers (Miroslava Duma), daughters of muses (Tallulah Harlech), and the token burlesque star (Dita von Teese). It rained, the champagne poured, and then it got très très froid.

Here are some of Petite Brigitte’s unforgettable looks from the shows.

 

5. DIOR: Little black wiggle dress.

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4. VIKTOR & ROLF: A throwback to the ballet years !

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3. ZUHAIR MURAD: A suit with some hardware.

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3. ELIE SAAB: A sexy sheer wedding.

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2. ZUHAIR MURAD: Head to toe zebra is always a good idea!

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Beckham mania hits Paris!

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The Beckham tribe have arrived for the kick-off of David’s six month séjour in Paris, and the paparazzi explosion in the 8th arondissement has not gone unnoticed!

The posh family have settled in to the Imperial suite at the Bristol hotel on rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré for the week, and enjoyed a family dinner on Wednesday night at the nearby Royal Monceau.

While it is David’s contract with Qatari owned Paris Saint Germain (PSG) that has garnered most of the attention in France, the swarm of foreign press remains focused on glamourous Victoria. The style maven has not disappointed, and continues to pull off effortlessly chic looks from her own A/W 13 collection.

While we will be seeing a lot of them over the next few months, Victoria and the four children will actually be based in London while David plays ball in Paris. Go PSG!

Amber Heard & Marie de Villepin: Parisian lovers?

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The bi-sexual Rum Diaries beauty was spotted at CDG airport yesterday, arriving très incognito in Paris next to Marie de Villepin, the NYC-based model and daughter of politician Dominique de Villepin. The two girls have been spotted together on numerous occasions over the past months, leading some to speculate that the relationship is heating up.

Amber made headlines last year after a rumoured fling with co-star Johnny Depp.

The two girls are advocates of gay marriage, and are expected to join in the March for Marriage Equality this Sunday in Paris. Advocates hope for an even larger turn-out than last week’s huge protest against marriage equality, which involved mostly Catholic groups.

This weekend’s equality rally should be much more festive, with lesbians and supporters encouraged to wear wedding dresses.

Mary-Kate Olsen & Olivier Sarkozy: l’amour toujours?

EXCLUSIVE: Mary Kate Olsen and her boyfriend, Olivier Sarkozy are seen arm-in-arm in Paris

The odd couple of New York seems to blend in just fine here in Paris, as Mary Kate and Olivier strolled through the Parisian streets this week.

 

Together for an impressive eight months already, the fashion magnate Olsen and her corporate beau (brother of Nicolas), have purchased a home in Manhattan together. She recently denied rumours of an engagement after being caught sporting a ring on her left hand.

 

Could they be house hunting in the city of lights as well?

 

 

Paris celebrity couple alert – Kardashian & Kanye shop Avenue Montaigne

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In the world of celebrity couples, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West may be the most photographed of the moment. Despite her pregnancy, the couple shows no signs of cutting back from their non-stop promoting, jetsetting, and publicity domination.

Arriving in Paris on Tuesday, they immediately hit the shops on Avenue Montaigne, specifically French luxury brands like Céline and Lanvin. Kim, dressed down in pants and a cape ensemble, looked refreshingly make-up neutral and fresh-faced.

After tiring of the boutiques, they stopped in for a bite at the trendy Costes outpost,  L’Avenue.

While it’s probably too early for them to hit the baby stores, put Bonpoint and Tartine et Chocolat on notice: the stork is about to deliver a big marketing opportunity for 2013!

Avril Lavigne rocks the truffle house

Canadian singer -and French passport holder- Avril Lavigne spent last week in Paris in the company of Nickelback frontman, Chad Kroeger, with whom she is collaborating on a new album.

 

Spotted here at Place de la Madeleine, she enjoyed lunch at the truffle-lover’s mainstay, Maison de la Truffe.

Later in the evening, she chilled with friends until past 3am in the outdoor VIP garden of L’Arc Paris.

While her star might be fading stateside, the ‘punk rocker’ has been a hit down under this year, and recently made the cover of Australian FHM.

Scarlett Johansson looking lovely in Paris

The single life suits Scarlett Johansson, who looked positively lovely while enjoying a late night drink with friends  in a café on the left bank of Paris. No sign of reported beau, Nate Taylor.

The actress has been enjoying some time off before starting the press junket for her new film The Avengers next month.

Aside from café hopping, Scarlett was out shopping in the Marais district, hitting up stylish boutiques like l’Eclaireur, and enjoying the springtime weather in Place des Vosges.

Natalia squeezes LVMH: couple alert!

One is a child of communist Russia, and the other a child of ruthless captialism, but this summer its free market love for supermodel Natalia Vodianova and LVMH heir Antoine Arnault.

The two lovebirds couldn’t stop their public displays of affection while vacationing in Ibiza this August.

Natalia, 29, freshly split from Brit real-estate heir husband Justin Portman, didn’t waste any time going after the Arnault heir, who is currently ranked the wealthiest family in France. LVMH also happens to be one of her major employers, as she does campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Guerlain, Givenchy among other labels.

Carla Bruni not attending Cannes?

Woody Allen’s latest, “Midnight In Paris,” is about to open the Cannes Film Festival, and while most of the film’s stars are expected to be present for the world premiere, at least one has bowed out of the festivities for mysterious reasons.

Carla Bruni, wife of French president Nicholas Sarkozy, has “cancelled plans to appear on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival amid rumours she is pregnant with twins,” the Mirror is reporting.

Allen’s “Paris” marks Bruni’s acting debut, though she made her name as a supermodel before marrying Sarkozy. As the Mirror notes, Bruni “had been expected to draw huge crowds at the event.” Instead, the press will have to settle for Marion Cotillard, Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.

via Carla Bruni Woody Allen Marion Cotillard Owen Wilson Cannes | HollywoodNews.com.

By Sean O’Connell

New legal headache for Galliano as lawyer sues

Shamed fashion designer John Galliano was facing a new legal headache on Monday after his former lawyer lodged lawsuits against him alleging defamation and slander.

The British couturier was sacked as French fashion house Dior’s creative director in February after being caught on film subjecting cafe patrons to a drunken anti-Semitic tirade.

While criminal charges relating to the outburst are pending, and Galliano could face a year in jail and a 22,500 euro fine, in April he lodged his own suit accusing lawyer Stephane Zerbib of embezzlement.

The stylist accuses his former adviser of siphoning almost three million euros (4.3 million dollars) from his account and that of one of his firms, according to French legal sources.

But on Monday, Zerbib counter-attacked with two suits accusing Galliano of smearing him with the allegations, again according to judicial sources.

According to a copy of the suit seen by AFP, Zerbib insists Galliano had been made fully aware of all transactions carried out on his bank accounts and had never expressed concern about any transfers of money.

via Capital FM Kenya: New legal headache for Galliano as lawyer sues.

Robert Pattinson in Paris

Teen crush Robert Pattinson was in Paris this weekend during his promotional tour for Water for Elephants, or De l’eau pour les éléphants, in Frenchie.

Accompanied by co-star Reese Witherspoon, the two stars dined at famed retaurant Chez L’ami Louis and spent Saturday night in the luxe hotel, Plaza Athénée on Paris’ best shopping street, Avenue Montaigne.

A devoted group of 30 groupies camped outside the hotel in anticipation of catching a glimpse of the Twilight star, who was sans girlfriend Kristen Stewart.

Robert’s European tour continued Sunday in Spain, for the Spanish premiere of the film.

Marion Cotillard, Natalie Portman…

Who will be the next pregnant vedette… it comes in three’s!

Marion Cotillard is just finishing up her latest project “Second Coming” in time for a romantic and pregant start to 2011. The 35 year-old actress is engaged and expecting with boyfriend/French heartthrob Guillaume Canet (formerly married to actress Diane Kruger). The two have been dating for three years.

The couple walked the red carpet together at the Marrakesh Film Festival earlier this month, immediately setting off pregnancy speculation as Marion appeared much more voluptuous than usual in her Dior Spring 2011 dress (perhaps not the best choice?). A simple diamond engagement ring can be spotted as well.

Is the whole world engaged, pregnant, or both? Petite B wants to know!!

 (Secretly thinking the recent rush of engagements/pregnancies is pure economics:  the Great Recession is over!)

What happened to Eva Green?

 

 

Eva Green has just dropped another role. After Gemma Arterton said she will replace Green in “Waiting for Robert Capa”, now Diane Kruger steps in to take over her role in “Farewell, My Queen”. The “National Treasure” blonde beauty will be seen playing Marie Antoinette in the upcoming movie, The Playlist says.

She joins Lea Seydoux and Gerard Depardieu whose involvements have been known before.

via Diane Kruger Replaces Eva Green to Bid ‘Farewell, My Queen’.

Portman engaged & preggers with hot Frenchman, Ben Millepied

Quelle surprise! C’est un bébé pour Natalie Portman et son chéri Benjamin Millepied.

Just when the gossip mill seemed lethargic after a cozy Christmas, news hits the wires this morning of Natalie Portman’s engagement to French choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Oh, and did we mention a bébé on the way?

The Bordeaux born-and-raised Millepied is as accomplished in his art as his new leading lady. Once touted as the “French Baryshnikov”, the sexy frenchman has spent much of his professional career in New York City since leaving France at age 16.

Felicitations to the hot couple!

Gaga for Chez André

Who knew the classic 8ème brasserie Chez André would arouse the curious interests of Madame Gaga? Perhaps she was in the mood for some famous beef tartare?

Last night, while in town for a concert (subsequently cancelled because of a few snowflakes), Lady Gaga dined in the classic French bistro, famed for its fruits de mer and tartare de boeuf.

You might recall that her Parisian tour dates were rescheduled because of cancellation during the summertime general strikes. Let’s hope she gets a chance to rock Paris bientôt!

 

 Chez André, 12 rue Marbeuf, 75008 tel: 01 47 20 59 57

An apéritif for Penelope Cruz & hot Javier

Hot couple alert. Paris is currently a little sexier this week as celebrity couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem spice things up in the city of Amour.

The newly-Oscared Penelope enjoyed a mojito in one of the 8th arrondisement’s English pubs, Bugsy’s,  accompanied by her ruggedly handsome beer-drinking Spaniard.

Both looked casual, happy, and madly in love– frequently sharing passionate smooches as uninterested frenchies continued their happy-hour conversations.

Haute highlights

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Haute couture fashion week ended on Friday, and dedicated fashionistas flew back to their L.A. mansions and Park Ave penthouses this weekend. The week went smoothly and the parties were elegant affairs, such as the bash at Chaumet’s HQ at Place Vendome– a far cry from the men’s fashion week!

Highlights of the week included Roland Mouret’s continued comeback into the world of fashion, where his show found celebrities like Victoria Beckham lined up to buy his smartly cut and masterfully detailed silhouettes.

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The city was full of the nouveau establishment, like Victoria and Dita von Teese, who once again sat together at Chanel and forced comparisons between their albino/orange skin complexion.

We saw a lot of the old establishment in town to bid Arrivederci to Valentino, including former muses Eva Herizgova, Claudia Schiffer, and Nadja Auermann.

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Valentino’s show was dramatic and poignant, especially at the final bow. Now Karl Lagerfeld is the only big maestro left in the old designer clan! Val plans to focus his retirement on designing for the ballet and opera.

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Party of le Week: Tranoi

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Men’s fashion week was the buzz of the town this past weekend, as the industry flocked to Paris to snap up the hot creations from designers like Kris von Assche, Hedi Slimane, and dozens of up-and-coming createurs. Two major men’s expositions– Tranoi and Rendez-vous, took place to showcase new collections from edgy designers like Surface to Air, Gaspard Yurkievich, and Xavier Brisoux.

Parties of mention around the city include last nights wild bash at the opulent Hotel Paiva (above) for Tranoi, where the night started with a presentation by Bernard Wilhelm, and was followed by entertainment by the Broken Hearts Club. What began as classy red carpet event ended like a frat party, and by 3am, the champagne needed restocking and bouncers were busy hauling out roudy partiers. “Literally an hour after the Veuve was brought out, the wheels fell off and everyone went crazy. I saw someone get rugby tackled on the dance floor. At that point the level was set for the night,” said Mic Eaton of up-and-coming label, Material Boy. “I’m rather tired today,” he added.

Other parties were held over the weekend at La Scala and Experimental Cocktail Club (which was THE private venue of the week, hosting everyone from Details magazine to the Rendez-Vous group).

Jack’s back to Costes

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Jack Nicholson & Morgan Freeman dropped in on Paris this week to promote their new film called “The Bucket List,” in which they play two old geezers who meet in a hospital room and decide to take the road trip of a lifetime on Jack’s private jet.

Jack hung out at Hotel Costes on Thursday evening, where he was surrounded by heavy hitters in the French social scene— like Yves Saint Laurent and Gilles Lellouche, who were both dining with separate parties at the hip venue.

Eva Green cited by Mr. Blackwell!

Eva for the Dior 60th anniversary party at Versailles. Summer 2007. 

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Bond girl Eva Green caught the fashion fury of Mr. Blackwell this year, as she landed  number 6 on the infamous 48th Annual Worst Dressed List. The fashion forward Parisian, who has made some daring choices in wardrobe selection (though always leaning towards haute couture), was not available for comment after the release of the list.

But is she really that bad? Is she dressing badly or just making some non-commercial fashion statements? Here she is in Alexander McQueen:

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Eva was the only Frenchie to be caught up in the fashion attack, which had L.A. buzzing yesterday as Posh Spice listed at number 1, followed by other less surprising names like Amy Winehouse, Kelly Clarkson, and Mary Kate Olsen.

The Hottest Sarkozy: Premier Fils!

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He looks more like a Casiraghi than a Sarkozy, but Pierre Sarkozy (above right) is the eldest son of the President, and at 22 years of age we can’t understand how this hottie has evaded the teen hearthrob magazines?

 Pierre was ‘outed’ today as a rap producer. He’s been collaborating with explicit rappers like Poison, who know him only by the name ‘Mosey’ and not as the First Son of France.

Poison tells the AP: “When I found out, I swear I went ballistic,” Poison said. “The worst thing is that … I found out maybe six, seven months ago, and I’ve known the guy for the last five years. He’s a friend.”

On his MySpace page, hot Pierre credits the song ‘La Rue’ as one of his tracks.

Sarko has declined to comment on family matters, but there is a lot of irony in this situation: as Interior Minister, Sarko vowed to crack down on explicit rap lyrics!

French President of Facebook?

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Is Arash Derambarsh the new President of FaceBook? Je crois que non!

Leading French press outlets, including TF1, L’Express, and Le Point, were duped this week into reporting that a Frenchman had been ‘elected’ the President of Facebook.

Read this accompanying article for one of the best pranks ever pulled by facebook users. And remember, never trust what you read! These publications did ZERO fact checking! (hey, they should come join us a PetiteBrigitte!)

Un doigt pour Dati

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French Justice Minister, Rachida Dati, received a present in the mail on Friday at her government headquarters– and it wasn’t a galette de roi. Her mail service opened a box containing a severed finger, and a note. Details of the note were not released, but we speculate it made some reference to the middle finger.

 Poor Rachida, she’s lost Sarko and now this!

President Sarkozy proposes marriage to Bruni

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Barely 4 months after his divorce from Cecilia, le Journal du Dimanche reports today that Sarkozy and former-top-model Carla Bruni will walk down the aisle in a wedding planned for February 8th or 9th. This well-informed news source, owned by a close friend of Sarko’s, seems to have the inside scoop on the nuptials.

According to the paper, Sarkozy gave Carla an engagement ring designed by Victoire de Castellance of Dior. She gave him a Patek Phillipe watch.

The couple have been together one month, and recently caused an international paparazzi incident over the holidays when they vacationed in Egypt– sharing the same Presidential suite and frolicking on the beach.

The reaction among the French people is mixed this morning. Many are shocked by the speed of this apparent ‘coup-de-foudre.’ One Parisian offered up the observation that, “It would be like the frog marrying the Princess.”

Rumors have been swirling for the past week after Carla’s mother, a former concert pianist who lives in a castle in Turin, confirmed that Sarkozy had given her daughter a ring and wanted an answer on New Year’s Day. Carla was said to be considering the proposal. Known as a ‘femme fatale’ and free spirit, Carla had previously stated to Le Figaro that monogamy “bores me desperately.”

………Is Sarko making a good decision, or is he headed for divorce number 3? We want your thoughts, so comment below!

Photo courtesy FilmMagic.

“Le Bling-Bling President”

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It’s official: Sarko is in a mid-life crisis.

We’ve just about had it with the crazy reports of Sarko’s love life, but this week the headlines were a bit more interesting than usual– namely, reports that ex-supermodel Carla Bruni confirmed her relationship with Monsieur le Prez. Newspapers went with the story after the couple appeared together at EuroDisney to watch a MickeyMouse parade– yep, first date at Disney. Isn’t that magical? Now the two lovebirds are on holiday in Egypt.

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Bruni, the guitar-loving Paris-based bobo, has been described as a “man-eater” and a “terminator” by those close to her. Her long line of lovers range from rock stars to moguls and include Mick Jagger, Donald Trump, and Eric Clapton. Now Sarko joins her infamous list of men in the midst of a mid-life crisis.

Sarko has been linked to a string of beautiful women since his divorce just over two months ago. Some of the alleged girlfriends are less than pleased with their new found gossip fame, including TV personality Laurence Ferrari, who brought suit against a tabloid magazine for breaking the country’s strict privacy laws. Presidential love life hasn’t been so exciting since JFK!

Jay Z & Beyonce: married in Paris! (?)

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Unconfirmed reports from primarily one source, mediatakeout.com, suggest that the longtime hip-hop duo got married in Paris when the couple was in town celebrating JayZ’s 38th birthday on December 5th.

The two allegedly married in a small, private ceremony in which they exchanged… tattoos… not rings. The couple, who have been together since 2002, deny the reports (yet again), but were photographed suspiciously holding their ring fingers as they left Hotel Meurice.

MediaTakeout.com is the same site that claimed Beyonce was 35 years-old. Oops!

Ducasse at the Eiffel Tower

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The newly revamped Jules Verne restaurant, which stands 410 feet high on the second level of the Eiffel Tower, opens today as the new brainchild of chef Alain Ducasse. It’s been a busy year for the celebrated chef, as he recently opened the new Dorchester in London. He now holds 14 Michelin stars to his name.

With an enhanced interior that allows for better viewing, the restaurant will serve lunch for around 75 euros, and dinner menus from 155-175 euros. Plus wine, bien sur.