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SMYTHSON CUTS PRICES: Smythson has slashed the price of its famous leather-bound agendas by 50 percent for the first time in recent history. "Given the exceptional trading environment we have made the decision to put selected 2009 diaries on sale after Christmas," said Paddy Byng, chief executive of the British brand. A spokeswoman said Smythson had ordered the 2009 agendas before economic conditions worsened and the company was left with surplus stock. However, she added that sales of the agendas were still up on the previous year. All agendas, except the limited edition Art Diaries, have been reduced. A medium-sized calfskin Soho agenda with a raspberry alligator print is now $200, down from $400.
FASHION HOUSE: MacKenzie-Childs is getting in on the action this fashion week. The quirky home furnishings brand, known for churning out whimsical pieces like gingham tea pots and multi-colored tuffets, has teamed up with Verrier Collection designer Ashleigh Verrier for a special in-store display that spans the worlds of high fashion and interior design. "Inspired Imaginings," a series of mannequins sporting Verrier's girlie frocks from her fall 2008 and spring 2009 collections placed alongside MacKenzie-Childs products, will be on display at the Mackenzie-Childs outpost on West 57th Street until Feb. 27. At a reception to celebrate the exhibit's opening, held on Wednesday night, Verrier discussed the importance of such cross-branding, especially in this economic climate. "When you are at point in the economy when things are down, I think people come together and try and support each other any way they can," she said.
VICTORIA'S WORST KEPT SECRET: It's the ultimate question, isn't it — what is sexy? It's no surprise Victoria's Secret considers itself an expert on the subject and so the lingerie company drew up a list of sexy people whom they celebrated Wednesday night with a bash at the Bowery Hotel. Kelly Ripa? Sexiest Smile. Stephen Colbert? Sexiest Funny Guy. Beyoncé? Sexiest Musician. Unfortunately not all the winners were present for the party, which just meant that actor Robert Buckley (Sexiest Newcomer) got all the sexy Victoria's Secret models who were there all to himself.
HOT TYPE: A Jean Paul Gaultier biography is in the works, by French journalist Elisabeth Gouslan. "Gaultier is a fundamental personality in fashion," said Gouslan, who writes for Madame Figaro magazine. Gouslan said she plans to interview luminaries from both cinema and fashion for her book. So far Jean Charles de Castalbajac, Pierre Cardin and Martin Margiela have been approached, along with actresses Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Adjani. The yet-untitled tome, to be published by Grasset, is slated for release this fall.
CANINE FRIENDS: Roberto Cavalli is no stranger when it comes to animals. He frequently likes to pepper his collections with an animal print here and there (or everywhere) and he and his wife Eva share a home with a family of pets that includes a Bishon Frise and a St. Bernard dog, two monkeys, seven parrots, three cats, one iguana and more horses than the couple cares to remember. This spring, however, the designer is giving his canine friends a special treat with Roberto Cavalli Pets. The clothing collection for dogs will include special velour tracksuits, puffer jackets, a satin-trimmed bathrobe, silk printed shorts and even some shearling jackets. There are also accessories like a quilted dog carrier bag, collars, leashes and a patent leather dog passport wallet. Cavalli's designs maintain a tongue-in-cheek quality. For instance, the jaguar print is actually made up of small paw prints upon closer inspection. "It's about glamour, fun and just a little dash of flash," Eva Cavalli said of the line which launches next month. She expects her own dogs to be sporting all of the pieces. "They're the fit models, and I've tested the whole collection on them," she said. "In this sense, they're quite spoiled. Then again, you know, being part of the Cavalli family has its advantages."