Miu Miu had held a similar event in Paris just two days ago, which drew a crowd that included Audrey Marnay and Ludivine Sagnier.
OPEN WINDOW: Retailers are as determined as ever to draw attention to holiday windows. Bergdorfgoodman.com last Tuesday night introduced a three-minute video giving a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this season's holiday windows, which are inspired by the late interior designer Tony Duquette. In the video, David Hoey, BG's senior director of window merchandising, and his creative team glue together thousands of seashells on a 12-foot table, a representation of water and the natural elements that Duquette often incorporated in his designs. Meanwhile, Lord & Taylor has had a 15-second video about its windows running in 3,500 taxis since last week. "We are focusing on how to get our share of the tourist traffic," said Jane Elfers, L&T's chief executive officer. "We don't have an international presence. We're much more known in the U.S., and we wanted to leverage the fact that we are the oldest American department store." The video showcases the windows, plays a jingle and has Elfer's voice-over inviting people to the store.
CLOONEY, CHEADLE AND BELSTAFF: That worn black leather jacket Will Smith wears in his new film "I am Legend"? It's made by Belstaff, the rugged Italian brand. Belstaff and Hollywood have a history. Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen and James Dean wore the leather jackets — often on-screen — and Sean Penn, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie and Cameron Diaz can be counted among the company's clientele. It wasn't too surprising, then, when George Clooney and Don Cheadle stopped by when the Belstaff flagship in Rome was unveiled Thursday. Clooney and Cheadle were in town to pick up a peace award for their work in bringing awareness to the plight of millions who fled their homes in Darfur. They received the award at a ceremony marking the opening of a yearly meeting of Nobel Peace Prize laureates.