Fashion Scoops: Safety In Numbers... Near To Her... Green Thumb...

Designers settled pre-Met jitters Monday afternoon by surrounding themselves with friends at a long lunch held at Morandi cohosted by Pete Nordstrom.

GREEN THUMB: Kris Van Assche, who replaced Hedi Slimane at the head of Dior Homme, seems to share his predecessor's taste for multitasking. Van Assche, who has yet to show his first collection chez Dior, has created an "aromatic" garden in hues of blue, white and green for Paris' Bon Marché department store. The indoor 300-square-foot garden, redolent with the likes of lavender and jasmine, will open June 1 to 9 as part of a special "Flowers in the City" promotion at the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned store.

GREEK GODDESSES: Los Angeles designer Michelle Jonas has draped Angelina Jolie, Heather Graham and hundreds of other women in gauze and jersey to turn them into Greek goddesses. So it's fitting that Jonas would outfit the female employees at the renovated Belvedere Hotel in Mykonos, Greece, in her white and navy dresses with keyhole fronts and skinny straps. Opening in July, Belvedere also will house Nobu Matsuhisa's new sushi eateries, where the hostesses and waitresses will don Jonas' frocks, too. Visitors to the resort will be able to buy the $235 designs at the new Scoop boutique opening there. Women who can't make it to the Aegean island can find their bit of paradise next year when Jonas plans to open a shop in New York and launch a swimwear line. Eyeing the Meatpacking District, Jonas said she aimed to acquire enough licenses by then for sunglasses, thong sandals and other paraphernalia. "It'll be a one-stop shop for vacations," she said.

DENIM CORDS: It's a case of the denim blues. Marithé and François Girbaud are tuning up for their first music album. Dubbed "Marithé & François Girbaud by Pradat," a French music producer, the album is a compilation of the design duo's favorite melodies, ranging from Otis Taylor to Makossa & Megablast.
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