Fashion Scoops: Happy Hour... Pillow Case... Coco Nuts...

Leave it to Miuccia Prada to mix up something unexpected.

Heather Graham

Heather Graham

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HAPPY HOUR: Leave it to Miuccia Prada to mix up something unexpected. Rumor has it the designer is in talks with Belgian artist Carsten Höller to codesign a bar in London. Höller, whose winding aluminum slides were the talk of the Tate Modern earlier this year, already has his foot in the door at the Italian fashion house: One of his slides runs from Miuccia Prada's Milan office directly into the courtyard.

PILLOW CASE: Industry veteran Alexander Vreeland, who joined D. Porthault last year as chief executive officer, has exited the luxury linens firm, according to a Paris source. Vreeland could not be reached for comment and his next move could not be learned. A spokeswoman for D. Porthault declined all comment Monday. However, it is understood owners Joan and Bernard Carl will assume management of the firm. Vreeland is perhaps best known for his long career at Giorgio Armani Corp. Before joining D. Porthault, he was a partner in the manufacturer G.A.V.

COCO NUTS: Expect an eclectic mix of VIPs at Chanel's show today. Among those expected in the front row are the singers Fergie, Ayo and Vanessa Paradis; the artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, and director David Lynch, along with actresses Charlotte Gainsbourg and Virginie Ledoyen, plus, just for kicks, Japanese footballer Nakata.

MONKEY BUSINESS: Today marks the opening of Comme des Garçons' 27th guerrilla store, this time in Beirut, Lebanon. The store, which is being run by two local jewelry designers, Dalila Barkache and Selim Mouzannar, is situated in a three-story, early-20th-century villa in the city center. The ground floor will house vintage Comme des Garçons stock, and there is a fashion and art space for local artists on the second floor.

CHANGE OF PLANS: Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, Bottega Veneta is bowing out of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, July 12 to 15. Bottega Veneta had been tapped to stage the grand finale July 15 during the German capital's debut fashion week. However, an event honoring Gianni Versace on the 10th anniversary of his murder has been scheduled in Milan for the same night. A spokeswoman for the Italian fashion brand and its creative director, Tomas Maier, said, "Out of respect for Versace, we will not be showing. There is not another time available during that week, so Bottega Veneta will have to pass on 2007 Berlin Fashion Week altogether."
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