Lily Cole in Jean Paul Gaultier
Lily Cole in Jean Paul Gaultier

DALLAS, Dec 9, 2009 / FW/ — Today, there are photos of your favorite girls and news about your favorite designers.

Lily Cole, who plays Valentina, the daughter of Doctor Parnassus in the movie “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” wore a Jean Paul Gaultier pinstripe short suit with matching thigh-high boots in the movie’s New York premiere last December 7th.

Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively appeared in the long running Saturday Night Live wearing M.C.L. bangles.

Lively is not alone in liking these bangles. Carrie Underwood was seen wearing an M.C.L. flower cuff for her Holiday Promo shoot.

Meanwhile, in the other side of the pond, news is bleak for the Houses of Christian Lacroix and Martin Margiela.

As already reported in November and early December, the French government is still searching for a buyer for the House of Christian Lacroix as one of its bidders Sheik Alhassan Bin Ali d’Ajman has been affected by the Dubai financial crisis.

Last Dec 2, the Commercial Court of Paris effectively decided that Lacroix would shift to being a licensing business, after it ruled that none of the offers to buy the Paris-based fashion company were credible.

That means that the house must close down its ready-to-wear business and couture divisions. Oh-la-la!

Blake Lively wearing M.C.L. bangles
Blake Lively wearing M.C.L. bangles

But there is hope yet. Industry Minister Christian Estrosi insisted in a statement that the decision “did not put into question the possibility that a buyer could acquire all or part of the company and its staff in the next few weeks.”

Another disturbing news is that Martin Margiela has left his namesake company that he founded!

Though this one is not being played in the courts or in the papers, rumors had been flying around the Paris fashion scene for almost a year that Martin Margiela is no longer coming in the company’s premises to work.

But, because everything about Martin Margiela is low profile (he has never taken a bow on the catwalk and never been photographed), there was really no way to confirm this.

Now, rumors are rife again that he has left the company. But, this time, there is finality to it though no statements had been given by either Maison Martin Margiela or Renzo Rosso, the owner of Diesel which owns more than 50% stake in the maison.