Fashion Scoops: A|X Marks The Spot... Group Effort... Beyond Seventh Avenue...

The largest A|X Armani Exchange store to date will make its debut on London's Regent Street in September.

Painting and gown by Christian David Kozaki

Painting and gown by Christian David Kozaki.

Photo By WWD Staff

A|X MARKS THE SPOT: The largest A|X Armani Exchange store to date will make its debut on London's Regent Street in September. The store, a total of 11,700 square feet over two levels, will be the fifth A|X unit in the U.K., and will feature the new A|X retail design concept. There will be a mixture of large spaces and private "rooms," as well as contrasting textures and finishes. There will be interactive media and 10-foot-high video screens beaming images from the seasonal collections.

Also in September, another A|X new-generation store will open in Tokyo at Park Way Square, in the fashionable Shibuya district. That store will cover 4,925 square feet on two levels. It will be the brand's third Japanese store. "Today, London and Tokyo are rightly considered to be among the most innovative and trendsetting cities for the A|X generation of consumers," Giorgio Armani said. A|X was launched in 1991, and is aimed at urban, fast-fashion consumers.

GROUP EFFORT: Presenting his first Legion of Honor award last Thursday, PPR chief Francois-Henri Pinault pinned the red Chevalier medallion on one of his key executives: Yves Saint Laurent president Valerie Hermann. He addressed a packed crowd that included Pierre Berge, Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, Stefano Pilati and former PPR boss Serge Weinberg. Afterward, Pilati was relishing the fact that he was headed for a long vacation in Australia and would be "cut off" from the fashion world for a while.

BEYOND SEVENTH AVENUE: Designer Christian David Kozaki left Seventh Avenue when his self-financed collection folded after Sept. 11, 2001. He moved to Provincetown, Mass., in 2003 to become an artist. "Plunging myself into painting, drawing and printmaking was a new lease on life," Kozaki said. "Fine art enables me to express creativity without dealing with store boutique owners, manufacturers and the myriad characters one encounters when bringing a collection to market."

But the former sketch artist for Chloe and design assistant to Givenchy and Madame Gres still has designing in his blood. Kozaki is exhibiting 50 of his nature-inspired paintings alongside 45 gowns he created at the Little Gorgeous Things Gallery, 359 Commercial Street, Provincetown, through July 29. His "Secret Gardens" floral series and "Dreamscape" depictions of sunrises, sunsets, dunes and seascapes are juxtaposed with his all-natural fiber gowns, mostly in silk. "Fabric moves, drapes, twirls, skims, caresses and accentuates the human form,'' he said. "Paint does the same thing — albeit on the canvas surface."
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