THOUSAND ISLANDS: OutKast's André Benjamin, aka Andre 3000, is taking on the rag trade. The dapper pop star, known for his flamboyant jockey-meets-English gentleman style, revealed he will launch a men's wear line this spring, with plans to soon add a women's line. A heritage site in Italy might be the location for his first show. "It will be based on vintage classics with modern twists," said Benjamin of the collection, adding a denim line made from Japanese salvage fabrics is also in the works.
GUNG HO: South Korean actress Unhate Joon caused hardly a stir at the Anna Molinari show on Wednesday, but she's an A-list celebrity in her home country and in the Far East. After her debut as a pop star, she opted for a movie career. Her debut film three years ago, "Gung," was an unexpected success and her latest effort, "Coffee Prince," premiered two weeks ago. Although surrounded by a posse of assistants and translators like any big Hollywood celebrity, Joon is just a regular gal. Her favorite thing in Milan? Plenty of gelato.
LINE DRIVE: Inés Sastre said her next project has nothing to do with movies or modeling, but with her own personal passion. The Lancôme spokeswoman, who took in Roberto Cavalli's show Wednesday, said she'll go back to her clubs next week for a golf tournament organized by Dunhill in Scotland. "I'll be reuniting with Andy Garcia," said Sastre, who worked with the actor in "The Lost City."
Meanwhile, opera star Eleonora Abbagnato said she's entirely focused on her work. In December, she'll be at Verona's Arena dancing in "A Midnight Summer Dream," and has a string of projects coming up in January, choreographed by Pina Bausch and her mentor, Roland Petit.
PHOTO BY STEPHANE FEUGERE
Caption: Inés Sastre