POLITICS OF FASHION: Indian-born designer Naeem Khan said he was not trying to make any sort of political statement by stamping his show notes with a map of his homeland and its surrounding eight countries. But you had to wonder considering that more American troops are being deployed in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s leaders have threatened to defend its borders against any more American military incursions.
It turns out the drawing has a different type of history. It was sketched in 1980 by Victor Hugo, former lover to Halston and muse to Andy Warhol, and was originally used to advertise Khan’s first company, Naeem Embroidery. “It’s also the region where I make a lot of embroidery,” he said. “I was also inspired by Diana Vreeland, who said, ‘Pink is the navy blue of India.’ I thought it all hung together nicely.”
LIZ’S BIG BROTHER: Last week Liz Claiborne staffers were reminded by higher-ups to keep mum with outsiders about all things business. Company brass lowered the boom after sketches of Isaac Mizrahi’s first collection for Liz Claiborne were obtained by WWD. Employees were also told their conversations would be recorded and e-mails would be read.