SPACE ISSUE: Courrèges, known for its Space Age creations and go-go boots, is having a commercial comeback thanks to French catalogue giant La Redoute. The firm's U.S. Web site recently unveiled an exclusive line of affordable red and white sportswear for spring, including a cropped piqué jacket and vinyl tote. The items also are featured in La Redoute's European paper catalogue version, with prices ranging from about $50 to $150. A follow-up line for fall is already in the pipeline.
HIGH-END CAREER SHIFT: Having been a model, magazine editor, book author and sundry other occupations, Kelly Killoren Bensimon is trying her hand at an entirely new job: luxury real estate "curator." Retained by the people behind the M at Beekman, Bensimon is assembling a battery of high-end offerings and deals, including at-home services by the staff at the Kenneth Salon, personalized L'Artisan Parfumeur "home fragrance service," VIP access to pet toothbrushing and invitations to events and trunk shows at Anne Klein. "It's for people who are working, who want to be a part of something, but just don't have the key," said Bensimon, who compared this job with her curating of objects when she founded Elle Accessories.
DREAM WEAVER: Earlier this month, through the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Miami-based designer Indashio helped three terminally ill girls fulfill their dreams of being runway models by having them close his show in Miami. Kimora Lee Simmons added a little razzle-dazzle to the occasion, sending one of her Baby Phat diamond pendant necklaces to each of the girls. Indashio surprised them with $500 gift certificates to the Aventura Mall and, truth be told, he "never hated shopping more. They're teenagers — they couldn't make up their minds." Indashio also saw a dream realized by showing at Casa Casuarina, the former Versace homestead. When he held his first show across the street from there, he spent a fair amount of time photographing and coveting the Miami Beach manse, he said.