RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Cathy Horyn is back in the penalty box at Giorgio Armani. The New York Times scribe was informed by a letter from the Italian designer she would not be invited to his signature show on Monday because of what she had written about his couture show last January. Specifically, Armani charged that Horyn "belittled" his family and friends in her description of the preshow scene. At Jil Sander Monday night, Horyn declined all comment, but detailed the banning in her blog, writing, "I don't really buy any of it, though — not the delay and certainly not the old-fashioned practice of restricting journalists [in a digital age] from shows." A year ago, Armani and the fashion critic had a spat over Horyn's description of a trouser style.
IN ANTICIPATION: Dolce & Gabbana expects to host the hottest list of VIPs at its show on Thursday. Monica Bellucci, Naomi Campbell, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Lindsay Lohan and French actress Fanny Ardant are all slated to attend.
LOVE LETTERS: Moschino turned to Lapo Elkann to get its message across about Love Moschino, formerly the Moschino Jeans line. "Lapo's advertising agency, Independent Ideas, is made up of a group of young, creative minds, more in line, I believe, with our final consumer, than more established agencies," said Moschino creative director Rossella Jardini.
Elkann said he appreciates Moschino's irony and set about working on a message centered on love. To wit: He set up a lovemoschino.com site, and created a 2008 Love Calendar, with unique messages each month, plus a new advertising campaign. A new Web magazine, "Love News," will display "only good news from around the world," said Elkann.
On Wednesday, Moschino will throw a party with New Orleans brass band The Dirty Dozen and other performances.