Fashion Scoops: That Seventies Show... Wooed by Fashion... Sundance Dispatch

Hilary Swank may be a high flyer in Hollywood, but the actress is yet to earn her wings. “I don’t know how to fly, but I hope to learn very shortly,” said a sinewy Swank, who was taking time out from filming “Amelia...

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WHEN DUTY CALLS: “We were joking it should be called ‘Inheriting Duty,’” said Roberta Armani at a dinner to fete the launch of Roger Moenks’ book “Inheriting Beauty.” Many of the women featured showed up, eager to talk about various projects. British socialite Tamara Beckwith is opening a luxury boutique in London this year. “It’ll be my dream shop,” she said. “If you have to go on holiday, and all you have is a credit card, it will sell everything you need for the trip.” MB Beach Couture, the luxury beachwear line founded by Maria Buccellati, meanwhile. has collaborated with Rock & Republic on a jeans line for fall. The deal came about, said Buccellati, when Rock & Republic executives met Harrods fashion director Marigay McKee—who was sporting the label’s jeans with an MB top. The collection featuring MB’s cashmere stitching will hit stores for fall. Photographer Moenks, meanwhile, is switching direction for his next book. “It’ll be the 50 most eminent environmentalists,” he said, describing hopes to include the likes of Prince Charles and Hillary Clinton.

ROBED TALENT: Celebrity colorist Christophe Robin unveiled a bathrobe collection at Maria Luisa Monday night before the likes of Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni and Nicole Garcia. “I’ve always collected bathrobes,” explained Robin, saying his vintage collection spans the ages and he has many from old Hollywood movies. One, for instance, was worn by Tony Curtis in “Some Like It Hot.” Robin’s new bathrobes are made to order in his atelier employing four seamstresses, aged 76 to 82, who were chosen for their savoir-faire. However, none of this is to say a change of career is in the works for Robin; his main focus remains on hair hues. “I have no ambition to be a designer,” said Robin. “I make my bathrobes for fun.”

SUNDANCE SCOOPS: It seems actors have finally caught on to the Swagdance stigma—at least for appearance’s sake. While the various gift suites at the Sundance Film Festival were crawling with stars, very few save for the Paris Hilton-Kim Kardashion types were willing to have their photos snapped while grabbing free stuff—which this year ranged from the useful (thermals, jeans and snowboards) to the not so much ("Guitar Hero," long sari-printed sundresses). Perhaps one of the best-known actresses at the festival, Sarah Jessica Parker, was also the most elusive, refusing photos, granting only one interview (to People magazine) and generally acting like a hermit instead of someone with a movie, “Smart People,” to promote. Still, she did make time to hit the Fred Segal gift suite at The Lift, walking away with a $270 Spyder ski jacket (the same style Demi Moore has and a favorite of Parker’s son James) and two pairs of $330 Love From Australia shearling boots, known as the dressier UGG alternative at the fest. Maria Bello and Jessica Alba were among the other stars to favor the brands, whose publicist wasted no time transmitting their quotes over the Internet as well as a (non-posed) photo of Alba wearing her shearling boots around town.
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