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BELLE DU JOUR: After so many jaunts to Europe to shop for her favorite brands, now Katie Holmes can do some serious accessory shopping Stateside. On Feb. 8 and 9, Roger Vivier — one of Holmes' favored brands — will unveil its first U.S. boutique at 750 Madison Avenue in Manhattan, to a select few VIPs. The brand's creative director Bruno Frisoni and brand ambassador Ines de la Fressange will be on hand to give tours of the historic, three-story town house, which will be filled with paintings, antiques and custom-made fixtures in addition to the firm's luxe bags, shoes, sunglasses and jewelry galore. The store opens to the public on Feb 10.
BAGGING RIGHTS: New York Fashion Week is the time of year where everyone unveils their "It" bags of the season, and if you're in with the team at Hermès, you might be able to snag what is arguably the most extraordinary one. Late last month the company's Madison Avenue flagship received a shipment of two of its prized 35-cm. crocodile Birkin bags with pavé diamond hardware. Only 12 of the $148,000 bags have ever been produced — the company will take orders for custom pieces, although that could take months or longer — but alas, there's a waiting list. "What we're sensing is that people want some very special, exclusive types of unique product," said Robert Chavez, president and chief executive officer of Hermès USA. "For us the diamond Birkin was an opportunity to marry the métiers of Hermès, with the craftsmanship of leather and fine jewelry. We're always looking to push the envelope."
ALBA'S FOOT FETISH: Sexy starlets and shoes equaled a packed house at Los Angeles boutique Iconology last Wednesday, where Rickard Shah unveiled a limited-edition peep-toe named after actress Jessica Alba, who towered above onlookers in the nearly 5-inch gunmetal leather heels. Among those in the crowd were Eva Longoria, Milla Jovovich (wearing a dress from her Jovovich-Hawk line for MNG) and Kate Mara. Fingering the $625 Jessica heels, one woman dared to utter what many were thinking: "Those would kill me." Even Alba, in a black Lanvin dress and matching Shah clutch, confessed she prefers flats for everyday wear, especially Alaïa, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo and Prada. For a red-carpet march, though, she sports Shah stilettos, often with a dash of color: green, purple or silver spice up a black dress. Ever a practical girl, Alba added, "I have Dr. Scholl's in all of my heels. They make the difference."