SEASON'S GREETINGS: If you think fashion terms like "pre-coll" or "pre-fall" have as much charm as a root canal, then you have a friend in Stella McCartney. The London-based designer is hosting a garden party in New York on June 3 to present her spring 2009 collection. Clearly a season by any other name would not smell as sweet. Look out for a McCartney summer collection on the runway in October, to be followed by autumn and then winter collections, just as nature intended.
DESIGN DOCTOR: Yohji Yamamoto has been awarded an honorary doctor's degree by the University of the Arts London. The designer traveled to the British capital last week to receive the degree, which recognizes outstanding contributions made by an individual in his or her chosen field. Other fashion figures who have received the academic nod from the school include Giorgio Armani, Mario Testino, Celia Birtwell and Rosita Missoni.
HEAVY METAL: The artsy set came out Tuesday evening in Paris for an LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-sponsored visit of American Richard Serra's towering metallic sculptures on view at the Grand Palais. Actresses Ines Sastre and Elsa Zylberstein, Marisa Berenson, Antoine and Delphine Arnault and Charlotte Aillaud were among those who mingled below the hulking steel slabs Serra installed for the exhibit. Most marveled at the sheer size of the work, which comprises five, 55-foot-tall steel plates set at slightly off-kilter angles. Others remarked his sculptures still seemed dwarfed by the scale of the soaring glass-and-metal venue. "It's really quite impressive," said Betty Catroux, who was accompanied by her husband, François. "Yet I can't help feeling that the space still looks empty."
PHOTO JOURNAL: "L.A. is clearly more affluent than when I came here in the Eighties," said photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia, as he set up his retrospective that opens today at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. DiCorcia returned to the city where he had perfected his street-casting oeuvre while shooting hustlers on Santa Monica Boulevard. In the next decade, he went on to document pole dancers and random passersby weaving through various international cities. DiCorcia's solo show features the debut of his new series, titled "Thousand," a collection of Polaroids amassed over 20 years when the New York-based lensman snapped portraits of his family and outtakes from fashion shoots for W magazine. Having helmed the first — and only — ad campaign for the now defunct Anne Klein line designed by Isabel Toledo, he still shoots for W. But he said major retailers like Target usually shy away from his melancholic work. "I don't think I'm the happiest photographer," diCorcia said.