NEW DEAL: Dsquared appears to be the latest to join the eyewear craze. Canadian designers Dan and Dean Caten are said to have signed an eyewear license with a major Italian company, although they declined to reveal which one. "Dsquared wants to cut the glare," Dean Caten said.
TOEING THE LINE: David Lynch is tiptoeing further into fashion. During couture week in Paris, the filmmaker will unveil an eye-popping photo collaboration with Christian Louboutin. "You can't imagine the beauty of the pictures," enthused Louboutin, who designed surreal styles like spike-heeled pointed shoes especially for the shoot. "I'm over the moon." The July 3 party is dubbed a preview of an exhibition this fall at Pierre Passebon's gallery.
CHINA CLUB: What do Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Christian Lacroix and Vivienne Westwood have in common? Word has it they’re among designers solicited for a quirky porcelain project to be unveiled in January in Paris. According to a source, the designers have been contacted by a German porcelain factory in Nymphenburg to reinterpret a collection of ancient porcelain figurines from its archive. The original pieces were made by Franz Anton Bustelli, an 18-century modeler of porcelain sculpture who was employed by the factory.
THE GOOD GERMAN: Berlin continues to beckon Hedi Slimane. The former Dior Homme designer, who has done a photo book dedicated to the city, has back-to-back art openings slated there next week. While the men’s shows get under way in Paris, Slimane is slated to attend an opening at the Clemens Tissi gallery on June 29 to show off his “F System” furniture line. He is also awaited the next night at Arndt & Partner for the opening of “Sweet Bird of Youth,” a group show curated by Slimane featuring his own art alongside works by Ryan McGinley, Paul P, Terence Koh, Nate Lowman, Dash Snow and others.