DIEGO ON THE MOVE: To keep up with his breakneck work pace, Diego Della Valle relies on private helicopters and jets to shuttle around but soon he’ll be hopping on trains too — his own, actually. The entrepreneur joined forces with three partners, including longtime buddy Luca di Montezemolo (Fiat and Ferrari chairman), to create NTV, a company that will run high-speed trains. NTV is the first private company to compete with the state-run and often inefficient Ferrovie dello Stato. Modern and streamlined, the trains will run at 186 miles pan hour and will be efficient and super comfortable with Poltrona Frau seats. They are slated to start service in 2011. NTV has already ordered 25 futuristic convoys from French train maker Alstom to cover the peninsula’s main trajectories, from north to south and east to west.
CAROLINA UNPLUGGED: Stacy London of “What Not to Wear” chatted up Carolina Herrera at the designer’s Madison Avenue boutique Thursday night as 55 American Express Platinum cardholders hung on every word. The perennially refined designer was at ease with the talk show-style format. Asked about her sources for inspiration, Herrera said, “It is always there. It’s not as though I sit in a dark room and wait for inspiration.”