DRESSING ITALIAN: Madonna has gone back to her Dolce & Gabbana days for the cover of her new album "Hard Candy." But forget fall's tweedy ensembles — the pop star asked Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce to fish a vintage corset from at least 20 years ago (the exact date was unavailable) out of the archives. On the cover, shot by Steven Klein, Madonna strikes one of her sexy poses, gussied up in a strappy, shiny back bodysuit, cinched by a wide boxer's belt. Over the iconic vintage piece, she tossed a white fur-collared black coat from the fall 1995 men's wear collection.
And the singer stuck to Italian designers for the video and cover of her single "Four Minutes" with Justin Timberlake, this time opting for an all-black, body-hugging ensemble by Roberto Cavalli.
DIESEL HOPS, SILVER SETS UP SHOP: After 10 years in its current location, Diesel is moving its San Francisco flagship to the historic California Savings Bank building in Union Square. The new location will have Diesel rubbing shoulders with the likes of Apple, Virgin and Bloomingdale's. The 11,000-square-foot store will occupy the three lower levels of the eight-story building and will open in spring 2009. Meanwhile, Silver Jeans is taking its first steps into the American market as a retailer. The Canada-based moderate denim brand, which sells in the U.S. to stores including The Buckle and Dillard's, has signed a lease for a 2,100-square-foot space in Denver's Park Meadows Mall. The store is scheduled to open July 1 and will be the first Silver-branded store for parent company Western Glove Works. The company owns a chain of stores under the Warehouse One name, which sells the brand in Canada, in addition to wholesale customers.