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YSL IN SPAIN: Retired couturier Yves Saint Laurent is going to get the museum treatment in Spain. Corunna's Caixa Galicia Foundation will reprise an expanded version of "YSL: Dialogue With Art," which already ran at the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris. More than 38 important paintings are being loaned to the museum for the show, which opens Feb. 13 and runs through April.
MEET THE DESIGNER: On Tuesday, Banana Republic lured a gaggle of editors to New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art for a dinner. The brand is sponsoring the Elizabeth Peyton exhibit at the museum on the Bowery next fall, and it used the evening to introduce its new executive vice president of design and creative director, Simon Kneen, to editors. "The first time I met Simon, I knew immediately he was the right person," Jack Calhoun, Banana Republic's president, said. "He met the more stringent requirement of Banana Republic's design department — he's a Brit." (He replaced fellow Brit Deborah Lloyd.) Post-dinner, there was a raffle for a trip to Art Basel, which Teen Vogue's fashion news director Jane Keltner took home — much to the delight of the magazine's editor in chief, Amy Astley, who didn't miss a beat. "I am going to make her do a story while she is out there," Astley said. "She will definitely be able to find all the cool teens."
GOING SOLO: Gen Art is changing direction — for now. The organization, which is dedicated to showcasing emerging talent and highlighting their work during fashion week, has changed its format for the fall 2008 season. For the first time, it will present only one designer at New York Fashion Week -— Denmark native Camilla Staerk. Her collection, which is under the Staerk label, will be presented in four consecutive shows, one every 20 minutes, on Feb. 8 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Scandinavia House at 58 Park Ave. "We are always working on new ways to present our shows," said Lee Trimble, Gen Art's fashion director. "We will still continue to do our group shows in the future, but we just thought that Camilla would be great on her own. With her we can support someone fresh, new and innovative, but she's still established enough that would merit us giving her all of our support." Known for her dark and romantic designs, Staerk is taking the sculptor Louise Nevelson as her muse for the fall show, titled "Bride of the Black Moon."