HOMELY FASHION: There was a time when Milan's Salone del Mobile furniture fair provided Italian fashion designers an opportunity to celebrate design and, on occasion, try their hand at different creative media. Now their interest has developed into a business, and Italy's chamber of fashion is getting involved. The Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana is to coordinate a series of events during the fair next week to promote the home lines produced above all by Italian fashion houses and to showcase "the continual synergies and exchanges between fashion and design...both in terms of creativity and quality of production," according to CNMI president Mario Boselli. Dubbed "Milano Moda Design," the initiative will include home designs by Versace, Bottega Veneta, Fendi and Vivienne Westwood, among others, as well as textiles, special events and installations from April 15 to 21.
NOT SO QUIET: Continuing its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, Hush Puppies launched a Guest Designer Series last Wednesday. The casual footwear label has tapped celebrity stylists Phillip Bloch and Rachel Fanconi for the men's and women's collections, respectively. "All the inspiration came from the company's archives," said Fanconi of the women's pieces. "There's a bit of me in there, but the mix of textures and the colors you see were very strong in '58." The series will be promoted globally through special packaging and imagery at points of sale in Hush Puppies stores, department stores and specialty shops beginning in August.