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04.20.2014
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Fashion Scoops: Show Me The Money... Asprey Makes Do... French Fancy...

On Thursday night Naomi Campbell shook down various London multimillionaires at Fashion For Relief, a charity catwalk show for victims of the summer floods...

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SHOW ME THE MONEY: On Thursday night Naomi Campbell shook down various London multimillionaires at Fashion For Relief, a charity catwalk show for victims of the summer floods in northern England. Guests included Philip Green, Claudia Schiffer, Sting, Trudie Styler, Christian Slater, Daphne Guinness, Yasmin Le Bon, Tamara Mellon and Princesses Eugene and Beatrice. Most of the women — including Schiffer, Mellon and the princesses — modeled a range of donated designer gear including Chanel, Dior and Alexander McQueen. Meanwhile, Kate Moss, who gave the modeling a miss, donated $50,000, and nearly $1 million was raised before the show even began. Erin O'Connor, who also modeled, said: "It was quite touching to see the celebrities being quite nervous of doing it. They were asking the models for advice."

ASPREY MAKES DO:
Asprey still doesn't have a chief executive, two months after Gianluca Brozzetti abruptly — and mysteriously — stepped down from his post. On Thursday, an Asprey spokeswoman said John P. Rigas, chairman and chief executive of Sciens Capital Management LLC, the New York-based private equity firm and the principal shareholder in Asprey, was the acting chief of the luxury brand. Creative director Hakan Rosenius said backstage on Thursday that creatively "the shareholders don't want anything to change," and have told him to proceed with business as usual.

FRENCH FANCY: "We wanted it to be slightly theatrical, as if you were walking into one of our homes," said Sadie Frost of the first FrostFrench flagship, which opened Thursday. The store, located on Camden Passage in Islington, U.K., has a girly boudoir feel complete with an antique dressing table and ornate ironwork. And there's no mistaking whose home customers are gazing at. Polaroids of the pair are scattered across the floor, and giant portraits of the duo decorate one of the changing rooms. "That way you get the sense we're always in the shop," joked Frost.

AGENT ORANGE: Everyone knows about the time Oprah Winfrey tried to shop at the Hermès flagship store in Paris past closing time and was rebuffed at the door. But did you know the Queen of Thailand had better luck when she arrived after hours, with an entourage of approximately 100 people? The difference was that Hermès staff was expecting the queen and waited a bit extra, according to a new book by Christian Blanckaert, executive vice president of Hermès International in charge of international affairs. His 202-page tome, titled "Luxe" and scheduled for a French release on Oct. 11, offers a freewheeling, insider view of the company's history, punctuated with witty stories and anecdotes about the company, its employees and the quirks of its customers.

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