Fashion Scoops: Diego's Platform... The Air Up There... Princess Diaries...

Tod's Diego Della Valle once again showed he's not afraid to speak up about issues that are close to his heart.

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A rendering of the Malo/WPS1 radio barge.

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DIEGO'S PLATFORM: Tod's Diego Della Valle once again showed he's not afraid to speak up about issues that are close to his heart. During a conference organized by Italy's footwear association, ANCI, in Milan on Friday, Della Valle urged the Italian government to do the following: Protect the Made in Italy label; act against counterfeiting and impose stronger antidumping regulations. Della Valle also said he hopes the government will cut taxes on companies' profits in order for entrepreneurs to invest in innovation, and help penetrate important markets by setting up permanent exhibitions abroad. "Where do big foreign groups go to buy businesses? Here, in Italy. It's almost as if they believe more in our skills than we do," said Della Valle. He was mum, however, about whether he would ever be willing to enter the political arena.

THE AIR UP THERE: Tonight's Upstairs at the Library event at the 2007 CFDA Fashion Awards will have no shortage of designers and social types. Expected to attend are the likes of Victoria Traina, Fabiola Beracasa, Zani Gugelmann, Padma Lakshmi, Genevieve Jones and Chanel Iman. While many designers will take in the ceremony downstairs at the Celeste Bartos Forum, the upstairs portion will boast the younger league, including Jenni Kayne, Magda Berliner, Richard Chai, Miguelina Gambaccini, Sari Gueron, John Whitledge, Jeff Halmos, Sam Shipley, Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos.

and fellow Hollywood princesses Nicole Richie, Bijou Phillips, Monet Mazur, Rashida Jones, Rosanna Arquette, Rumer Willis and Jessica Capshaw played dress-up Thursday to celebrate Kidada's third collection for Disney Couture. Like her previous two collections, Tinkerbell and Alice in Wonderland, the jewelry, home and intimates lines, based on the six Princess tales (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, etc.), uses iconic images such as the "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall," the castle and the poison apple. The 23-piece jewelry line, which ranges from $40 to $150 at retail, comprises mostly 14-karat gold-plated charm bracelets and chains with leather and enamel accents. The eight-piece intimates collection, including a kimono, leggings, chemise and boyshorts, retails from $28 to $120. All sell exclusively in Ron Herman Melrose, where vice president and women's creative director John Eshaya created a Japanese-meets-fairy tale-themed room. Jones said her inspiration for the decor came from a trip to Japan. "Seeing the cherry blossoms is so profound, like falling in love for the first time," she said.
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