Fashion Scoops: Trading Places... Birthday Galore... When Duty Calls...

Could Catherine Deneuve be turning the tables on her career?

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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 in the book 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. 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 and Nicole Garcia. "I've always collected bathrobes," explained Robin, saying his vintage collection spans the ages and contains 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, ages 76 to 82, and 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."

WHERE THERE'S SMOKE: Does Dunhill have its eye on hot men's wear designer Kim Jones? According to sources, the British luxury goods firm is recruiting a creative director and has been in talks with Jones, among others. Jones had no comment Tuesday and Dunhill could not be reached for comment.
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