Billion Dollar Belle
The Billion Dollar Babes sample sale rolled into the Palladium this weekend, and I would like to say that I was very restrained...until a fabulous taupe Ya-Ya dress jumped into my arms and wouldn't let go. But at least I'm not the only one. French actress Julie Delpy has been a devotee of this mother of all sample sales for three years now, and I chatted for a few moments with the multi-talented femme, best known as the object of Ethan Hawke's undying devotion in Before Sunset. While showing me some of her purchases - a pretty lace blouse from Corey Lynn Calter and a dress from Mason (which she pronounced with a cute French accent) - Delpy, who was designing her own clothing line for a while, told me about some of her upcoming projects. She will appear in Lasse Hallstrom's next film with Richard Gere, as well as a drama called The Air I Breathe with Kevin Bacon and Brendan Fraser; and she will soon direct her first feature, a "secret project," in Paris. In addition, Delpy is preparing for the release of her second album. "I'm famous in France, as a singer," she said, revealing that her first album (many songs from which are heard in Before Sunset) is only available in the U.S. online. I asked if this next release would be sold in stores here, and she said she wasn't even thought about it. "I don't know the music business, there's a lot of prostitutes," she said, "and by prostitutes I mean corruption." Apparently the veteran actress can handle the corruption of the film industry. "I've been in the movie business since I was fourteen; I'm used to it."