A newcomer ringside at the big Paris shows is Jacqueline Cotsen of Los Angeles, wife of Neutrogena soap chief Lloyd Cotsen. She isn't in Paris for the shows, she said, but to "negotiate a still-secret deal" with designer Valentino, whose show took place Monday. Her partner in the not-yet-confirmed venture would be Linda Wachner, former president of Max Factor Cosmetics and current president of Warnaco. "We're close friends," Cotsen said. Another friend of the family is Philippe Bouriez, head of Revillon furs. His son, a recent college graduate, will join the Neutrogena team in Los Angeles to learn about marketing.
Barbara Bass, one of the most successful women in U. S. retailing, waited in line just like everyone else outside the Claude Montana show. Bass, 39, is chief executive officer of the I. Magnin stores after a stint as executive vice president at Bloomingdale's in New York. Near her in the crowd were Rodeo Drive retailer Herb Fink, his wife, Norma, and his daughter Lisa. Because the Finks own the Montana boutique in Beverly Hills, it was fitting that both women were decked out in deep-green Montana outfits. Norma's was leather, Lisa's was knit. The Finks told Listen that their new perfume, Spoiled, will be launched at Bullock's in March and at the Broadway in September. It's described as a very light floral scent priced at $55 per 3 1/2 ounces of eau de parfum.