PEDAL PUSHER: Paris' popular rental bikes, known as Velibs, are looking so last-season and shabby next to this: a Chanel bicycle, complete with two quilted saddlebags. Karl Lagerfeld dreamt up an ergonomic, aluminum-frame bike with a comfortable seat and eight speeds. Priced at 8,900 euros, or about $13,200 at current exchange, it arrives in Chanel stores next month, equipped with a theft-proof lock welded to the frame.
RUSSIAN AROUND: Ralph Rucci is opening his first freestanding boutique. The American designer, in Paris last week, said he has a deal with Russian retail group Mercury to open a shop in Moscow in March. Meantime, Rucci is expanding his business at home. He said he just opened a new 7,000-square-foot workroom in Manhattan, in addition to his existing 15,000-square-foot space in SoHo, to accommodate demand. "Business has been incredible," said Rucci, who shows his collections on the Paris runway. Next up? Rucci is working on a fragrance thanks to a deal he recently reached with Givaudan. "It's been a dream of mine," he said. "I designed the bottle in 1987." To be called Ralph Rucci, the fragrance should hit stores by 2009.
CROSSING THE POND: Those who have made a trip to France or England in recent weeks may have come back with pair of Gap shoes from a capsule collection of Pierre Hardy. Those who haven't, though, need not fret: They may soon be able to get their hands on a pair here. The line, which is part of Gap's Design Editions program and initially targeted the European market, is said to be heading to Gap stores in the U.S. next year. Few details could be learned, but the move would mirror Gap's strategy for Roland Mouret, whose capsule collection of dresses first launched in Europe and was then brought over for limited distribution Stateside last year. Stay tuned.
DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL: Nina Ricci on the radio? Ricci designer Olivier Theyskens will be the subject of a 75-minute documentary set to air on France Culture in spring. The segment is being produced by Pamela Golbin, curator in chief at the Museum of Fashion and Textiles in Paris, who is also doing a fashion talk with Theyskens next month at New York's French Institute Alliance Française.
HATTER CROWNED: Philip Treacy is used to adorning royals with his outlandish hat designs, but last week it was the royals doing the decorating. The British milliner was appointed an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to the British fashion industry, and was presented with the award by Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall Nov. 19.