For the launch collection, Kroell researched fabrics at mills in Italy and France, and developed some special looks in heavy or frayed silks, for instance. "The inspiration is definitely exotics but it's not that obvious," she said. The launch collection will run the gamut from dresses to separates, suits, outerwear and evening. Retail prices will range from $790 for pants to $1,600 for dresses and $2,000 for suits. It will be available in late January at Kroell's boutique. The designer hopes the distribution will mimic that of her handbags, which are sold at stores such as Barneys New York, Jeffrey New York, Saks Fifth Avenue and Harvey Nichols. Kroell plans to unveil the clothing collection with a small presentation during New York Fashion Week in September. "I am planning to do a tableau vivant," she said.
LEIBOVITZ IN THE CITY OF LIGHT: Annie Leibovitz and Louis Vuitton cohosted a private inauguration of her retrospective, "A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005," Monday night at Paris' Maison Européenne de la Photographie (European House of Photography). The show moves between portraits of public figures from the entertainment and political arenas and poignant snaps from Leibovitz's private photo album. Sofia Coppola, Kanye West and Audrey Marnay mingled among the event's arty crowd, joined by Mischa Barton and Giambattista Valli. "I live just around the corner, which is pretty handy," said Barton, skipping off to inspect a black-and-white shot of Demi Moore's expectant belly, encircled by Bruce Willis' hairy hands.