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MILLA’S MAN: Roberto Cavalli has asked the much-hyphenated model-actress-designer-singer Milla Jovovich to be the godmother at the gala dinner and party he will be throwing in Milan on Sunday to mark the launch of his first MasterCard. Elizabeth Hurley will also be a guest at the bash, to be held the evening of Cavalli’s show during Milan Fashion Week.
RUSSIAN VIEW: Though their economy seems to lose a billionaire a day, Russian retailers were still on the show circuit, albeit with an adjusted perspective. “It’s not easy. We are, of course in a very difficult situation,” said Alla Verber, vice president of Mercury Distribution, which franchises designer boutiques in Russia, from Ralph Rucci’s front row. “The crisis here came to our country, too, but we started with a very strong spring. Sales are fine, but we have to be more careful.” While Verber said cutting back on designers is crucial, she named Ralph Rucci and J.Mendel as favorites and expressed increased interest in the contemporary and young designer market, with an eye toward Jason Wu. “I want to do a big story with Michelle Obama and new designers,” said Verber. “I met [Wu] and I want to do a story with him and windows.”