Cavalli Charges Ahead... Miuccia and Rodolfo.... Litigiously Yours...

A dizzying range of animal prints covered each chair, table and even oversize lamps at the dinner held by Roberto Cavalli for his first credit card launch.

LITIGIOUSLY YOURS: Todd Oldham’s departure from Old Navy last month might have been relatively quiet, but the potential for dueling lawsuits could soon turn the volume up on the split. L-7 Designs Inc., which owns the Todd Oldham trademarks and lists the designer as its president, brought a suit against the retailer in Manhattan federal court on Feb. 18. Lawyers for the company filed the complaint under seal. On Monday, the design firm would reveal only that the suit lists breach of contract and other claims as causes. Gap Inc. spokeswoman Louise Callagy said the company was disappointed by Oldham’s decision to take what it called a “business disagreement” to the courts. “We are confident in our ability to defend ourselves on all points and, in fact, we plan to file this week our own breach of contract claims against Todd Oldham’s company, L-7 Designs,” she said. On Feb. 20, with little fanfare, Oldham left his post as creative director for the Old Navy brand, a post he’d taken on in October 2007. At the time of his hire, the company spoke of eventually marketing clothes, and possibly home and beauty products, under the designer’s name. The branded line never surfaced in his roughly 17 months with the retailer.

LEATHER KICKS: Soccer player Nicola Legrottaglie joined motorcyclist Fonsi Nieto, “CSI” actor Gary Dourdan and Italian TV presenter Simona Ventura front row at Dsquared’s show Monday morning. Dressed in the Juventus off-pitch suit and tie designed by the Caten twins, Legrottaglie said Italian soccer stars didn’t have to look far for style tips. “It’s easy to be fashionable because we are so connected to the fashion world here,” he said. Meanwhile, Ventura, Italy’s equivalent of Kelly Ripa, coveted the leather jackets seen on the runway. “Every woman has a bit of rock ’n’ roll in them — at least I certainly do,” Ventura said, adding, “I am going home now to dig out my leather jackets from the Eighties.”

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