JANET WEAR: Singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, record producer and now designer, Janet Jackson is to launch her own lingerie line before the end of the year. "I'm working on it," Jackson said at the Versace men's wear show Saturday. Joining her on the stellar front row were Tom Ford, actors Rupert Everett, Gerard Butler and Dominic Cooper, her producer Jermaine Dupris and Houston Rockets guard Tracy McGrady.
LIZ'S NEW LOOK: It's all very hush-hush, but Liz Claiborne is working on a new logo and ad campaign for the spring launch of Liz Claiborne-brand women's clothing under creative director Isaac Mizrahi. Nothing has been approved yet, according to a source within the company, and officials declined to comment. The design overhaul of the ailing flagship brand has taken on a top-secret aura even within Claiborne, where samples and images of the Mizrahi product are restricted to those on a need-to-know basis, the source said. Mizrahi was hired in January to revitalize all women's categories of the Liz Claiborne brand with fashion zing.
MATTEO'S MUSINGS: Former Valentino chairman and legendary European playboy Matteo Marzotto has been busy penning his autobiography, titled "Flying High," which will be published later this year. Also, Marzotto has just been appointed president of Enit, Italy's national agency for tourism. "He is an excellent manager, essential to make Enit work, and has a deep knowledge of international markets," said Michela Brambilla, undersecretary for tourism in the fourth Silvio Berlusconi government, who tapped Marzotto.
TEMPORARY STAR: Paris fashion house Azzaro has a new guest designer with a pedigree. Jemima Khan, daughter of Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart and the late tycoon Sir James Goldsmith, has designed a capsule collection for Azzaro, which will include ready-to-wear and accessories. It will be presented in the showroom during the Paris couture. Azzaro designer Vanessa Seward last year collaborated with young socialite Eugenie Niarchos on an accessories line.