Daily Archives: October 29, 2011

Early in October I was sitting in the Valentino show waiting for it to start, as one does, happily reading my Kindle to while away the time, as I do, when the fashion person sitting next to me leaned over and said: “What are you reading?” I showed him: it was Worth Dying For by Lee Child. “Vanessa!” he said, “you have hidden shallows!”

Frida Giannini, the creative director of Gucci, and Patrizio di Marco, the chief executive, are in the ornate restaurant of the George V hotel in Paris, posing for a portrait. They look uncomfortable. First they try standing near the marble columns, then they perch on a gilded sofa, Ms Giannini in front, Mr di Marco lounging behind. Finally Mr di Marco, fed up with the whole thing, rolls his eyes, sticks out his tongue and splays his hands wide. “Come on!” he groans.