JAPAN FAN: "I think I was supposed to be Japanese," said Gwen Stefani with a giggle at an event Monday for her new fragrance collection, Harajuku Lovers, with Coty Prestige. "The first time I was there, with No Doubt in 1995, I felt like I was meant to be there." The scents, due in September, aren't the only thing Stefani's gestating at the moment — her second child with husband Gavin Rossdale is due "during New York Fashion Week in September," she said. "I'd like to do a [runway] show but I'll probably be on the delivery table instead."
And while Stefani is teaming with her band, No Doubt, on a new release, she does admit that "it's not going very well." "When I'm pregnant, I feel like I just need to sleep and eat," she said with a laugh. "I'm useless. I go in and watch the guys play the guitars."
VENICE SUPREME: Harry's Bar, the storied bar and restaurant in Venice, has found a humorous way to woo American tourists given the anemic dollar. Starting this past weekend, owner Arrigo Cipriani pasted the following sign outside the legendary watering hole: "Harry's Bar of Venice in an effort to make the American victims of subprime loans happier has decided to give them a special 20 percent discount on all the items of the menu during the short term of their recovery."
"Americans have always been our best clients and this is an ironic way to show them we understand the current dollar situation," said the 75-year-old Cipriani, son of Harry's Bar founder Giuseppe Cipriani.
According to locals, Americans represent 35 percent of total foreign visitors flocking to Venice, a number that has plummeted in the past few seasons due to the weak dollar.