FLIGHT PATTERNS: Cruise collections are not only about boat travel, as Karl Lagerfeld will prove May 18 when he presents Chanel's resort collection in a hangar at a private airport in Santa Monica, Calif. The 7 p.m. show, for an audience of close to 500, will be followed by a party. Even if hangar number five might have been more apt, given Chanel's giant perfume franchise of that name, Lagerfeld opted for hangar number eight, located next to the control tower, simply because it is the biggest.
GUEST STAR: Cartier is jumping onto the celebrity designer bandwagon. The Richemont-owned firm is launching a collection of jewelry codesigned by Italian bombshell actress Monica Bellucci. Long a muse to the house, Bellucci approached Cartier about designing a special, ultralong earring set. In turn, Cartier asked the star to lend her own point of view to a small collection. It is expected to hit Cartier stores within the next month.
TIME OF INVENTION: Celebrity endorsements are myriad. But IWC, the Swiss watchmaker owned by Richemont, put its own spin on the concept Wednesday evening at a party in Geneva at which it enlisted Kevin Spacey to act in and direct "Leo and Lisa," a dramatic vignette about Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting, the "Mona Lisa." (IWC was inspired by the Renaissance master for its da Vinci wristwatch.) Joined onstage by Thandie Newton (as Mona Lisa) and Elliot Cowan (filling Leonardo's buskins), Spacey interrogated the two on the vagaries of creation and the origins of Mona Lisa's mysteriously famous smile. Not all the stars were up on the circular stage, though (which, incidentally, was painted with the face of a watch). Cate Blanchett, French actor Jean Reno and retired French soccer star Zinedine Zidane were among the hundreds of guests who later sat down to an Italian buffet dinner in a Vegas-worthy mock-up of a Florentine piazza.