DOUBLE SALUTE: Puma will fete both its 60th birthday and the 40th anniversary of the "Silent Gesture" at the 1968 Mexico Olympics in Paris this month. The German activewear giant has created a collection dedicated to former athlete Tommie Smith, who with teammate John Carlos raised a black-gloved fist at the 1968 games in a protest against racism that fast became legend and just as quickly ended their respective careers. The mixed, vintage-style collection features graphics recalling the iconic salute and includes black sneakers, which Smith symbolically took off to represent poverty; a track jacket, and a T-shirt. Smith is due to attend the party, which will feature music by hip-hop act De La Soul, at Paris' Olympia on June 26, while the collection hits stores including Colette, Sneakers Gallery and Shinzo this summer.
GUCCI AND THE MOVIES: There's a chance now to catch a glimpse of the press-shy and low-profile Alessandra Gucci, daughter of the late Maurizio Gucci. The young Gucci, who this year launched her AG Limited Edition collection of alligator bags, will attend a gala dinner tonight to celebrate the Italian movies that were presented at the Cannes Film Festival. The 13th edition of "The Streets of Cinema from Cannes to Rome" and the French Embassy will hold the gala in Rome's imposing Renaissance Palazzo Farnese. The event also will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa book, "Il Gattopardo." The dinner will be inspired by both the book and the 1963 movie by Luchino Visconti. Gucci said she decided to participate "to celebrate the great talent of Italian cinema in this exceptional place that blends our cultural tradition and contemporary achievements in a cosmopolitan atmosphere."