MOONLIGHTING: A boudoir-style party hosted by Camilla Al Fayed for hip Swedish brand Acne’s latest issue of Acne Paper at the Ritz in Paris last week wasn’t all fun for the folks at Lanvin, who seized the occasion to shoot their next men’s wear campaign. “I wanted a real setting. I didn’t want anything too contrived. We’ll see how the pictures look,” said Alber Elbaz. “We wanted to shoot at night, but nothing too posed,” added Lucas Ossendrijver, Lanvin’s men’s wear designer. The campaign, shot by regular Acne photographer Andreas Larsson, will break this summer. Look out in the background for party guests, including Erin O’Connor, Roxane Mesquida, Dolores Chaplin, Malcolm McLaren and Haider Ackermann, plus Velvet d’Amour, the plus-size model who delivered a surprise burlesque performance. Mesquida said she’s borrowed tons of Acne T-shirts and jeans for her latest movie, “Debut,” about a girl in denial that she’s pregnant. Acne chief executive Mikael Schiller said the Swedish brand is set to open stores in Amsterdam, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, this year.
MICKEY ON FILM: After being in and out of J. Crew offices for over a year — a lot longer than it takes to put together a women’s collection — CBS’ “Sunday Morning” has finished filming the company and its chief executive officer Millard “Mickey” Drexler and is ready to air the final product. Host Serena Altschul and producer Ramon Parkins got behind the scenes to cover meetings, photo shoots, store concept walk-throughs, and some of Drexler’s lighter moments, including his daily bicycle ride through the headquarters. Also filmed are Drexler’s trademarked off-the-cuff loudspeaker “pages” where he communicates developments to the entire staff, and an interview with the ceo on the construction site of the J. Crew men’s shop opening in SoHo near Topshop on Tuesday.
SOLE SEARCHING: Sharply thrown elbows? Check. Attitude? Check. Decorum? Check it at the at the door — as the eager hordes at the biannual Manolo Blahnik press sale proved Wednesday. To wit: the twentysomething who nearly trampled a visibly pregnant woman in her quest to be first in line to enter the sale room, not to mention the sharp-faced brunette who continually reminded everyone else waiting that she’d been there since 4:30 a.m. Another early arrival appointed herself the line police, telling those getting there after 7:30 a.m. that they needed to shut up and go to the back of the line. Once the doors opened (one room for sizes 37.5 and smaller, another for everyone larger) the mayhem began in earnest — four women sweeping the contents of the 38.5 table onto the floor and threatening anyone who came near them with bodily harm, two Long Islanders poised for a fistfight over black stilettos, complicated trade deals being made…not to mention the women not in the first group to be allowed in trying to shove their way past security. With prices ranging from $100 for plain pumps to $500 for over-the-knee snake boots, however, the ladies at the Warwick Hotel proved they had no qualms about behaving badly.
TRAVELING TRUNKS: When the going gets tough, the tough gets going, quite literally. At Luca Luca, executives have been hitting the road to host trunk shows, and the results speak for themselves. A recent trunk show in Chicago raked in more than $150,000, exceeding projections, with creative director Raul Melgoza on hand to encourage sales. According to Luca Luca president Yildiz Blackstone, top items there have included a cashmere pant suit for $2,400, a red jersey silk dress for $1,300, fox knit fur vest for $4,900 and a knit shrug for $720. Luca Luca is planning a similar trunk show for New York this month and, on May 21, will offer the collection at a luncheon at the home of Miami socialite Norma Quintero. “If we find our customer is more comfortable shopping in the residences of some of their friends and acquaintances, then we are here to provide that experience for her,” Blackstone said. “Also it is a relaxed and friendly way for them to get to know Raul and get his advice as to what to choose from the collection. Times like these are a call to arms for us, and we are happy to hit the road.”
T(-SHIRT) TIME: Dita Von Teese and T-shirts don’t typically go together, but the burlesque dancer has joined a host of celebrities — including Yoko Ono, Katy Perry, Cyndi Lauper and N.E.R.D. — to collaborate on H&M’s second line of organic T-shirts for its Fashion Against AIDS initiative. Von Teese, whose design features an illustration of her signature red lips and a black smoky eye, will attend the collection’s unveiling Monday at Paris’ VIP Room. The line will be released in H&M’s stores May 28.
BIG EARS: Forget swine flu. Rodent fever is taking hold in Europe. Vanessa Paradis, Isabella Rossellini and Giles Deacon figure among a host of famous folks to have customized Mickey Mouse ears for a series of independent charity auctions. The event coincides with Disneyland Resort Paris’ year-long “Mickey’s Magical Party” event that kicked off in April, feting the cartoon character’s 50th anniversary. A batch of designer Mickey ears by the likes of Daisy Lowe, Estelle, House of Holland and Luella went on sale online Tuesday for one month, at buyoncegivetwice.co.uk, in aid of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Meanwhile, creations by the likes of Ines de la Fressange, Jeff Leatham and Phil Collins are set to go under the hammer June 22 at Paris’ Drouot Montaigne auction house, in aid of Rêves.
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