Is married LVMH boss Bernard Arnault having affair with top fashion editor? Paris Couture Week rocked by scandal

Is married LVMH boss Bernard Arnault having affair with top fashion editor Paris Couture Week rocked by scandal

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20:24 GMT, 3 July 2012

As Couture Week is in full swing, the Parisian gossip mill is also spinning with claims of a scandalous affair between two of fashion's most powerful players.

Le Figaro's fashion editor Virginie Mouzat has been tied to LVMH boss and Forbes' fourth richest man in the world, Bernard Arnault, 63.

According to The Daily, Mr Arnault's wife, Helen, reportedly left him in December for a younger man, and thus it seems the stylish queen of cool has caught the billionaire's eye.

Virginie Mouzat

Bernard Arnault

C'est vrai The Paris Couture Week rumour mill is spinning with claims that Le Figaro
fashion editor Virginie Mouzat (left) is romantically involved with LVMH boss Bernard Arnault (right)

Ms Mouzat is one of France's most prominent journalist in the industry and is well known for her outspoken criticism of Tom Ford's first womenswear show last year.

Calling it 'vulgar without any apparent irony… in the most literal way,' she also anticipated Kim Kardashian's recent outing in Ford's backless zipper dress when she referred to the show as 'an inventory' for the reality star.

Power player: Mr Arnault sitting between Princess Charlene of Monaco (left) and his daughter Delphine Arnault (right) and the Christian Dior haute couture show in Paris yesterday

Power player: Mr Arnault was seen sitting between Princess Charlene of Monaco (left) and his daughter Delphine Arnault (right) at the Christian Dior haute couture show in Paris yesterday

Together Mr Arnault attended Paris fashion week show with his wife Helen in March

Together Mr Arnault attended a Paris fashion week show with his wife Helen in March

Though she has been at Le Figaro since
1996, there was talk during Carine Roitfeld's departure from Vogue that
she was in the running to take over the editor position at the glossy.

Described by Jezebel as: 'reputed to be aloof and somewhat cold, and she likes to smoke and drink,' Ms Mouzat could be considered the epitome of French style.

But she is also an experienced writer and has also penned two novels: Une Femme Sans Qualits and La Vie Adulte.

Bernard Arnault has five children with his wife Helene, a Canadian concert pianist who he was seen with in as late as March despite The Daily's reports that she left him at the end of last year.

His claimed affair with the journalist would bring together two major influences in the fashion world especially considering Mr Arnault was Forbes' Fashion Person of 2011.

But, as one source cited in The Daily pointed out, not a particularly objective one, as Ms Mouzat still writes about her alleged boyfriend's brands in her paper.

'Obviously, the French press does not have the same standards as the Americans and Brits,' the unidentified commentator noted.

LVMH has yet to respond since MailOnline requested comment.