CHANEL ON RODEO: Chanel, which recently showed its cruise line in a hangar at Santa Monica Airport, is getting ready for another West Coast extravaganza. The Paris house will unveil its 14,700-square-foot, Peter Marino-redesigned flagship at 400 North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills in August. Art, luxury's new must-have accessory, will get prominent play. Five specially commissioned art works referencing the house's DNA will be scattered around the shop, including a Johan Cretan porcelain torso with camellia flourishes and a François-Xavier Lalanne bronze sculpture of a stag, inspired by a piece that belonged to Coco Chanel. Peter Dayton, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Paola Pivi round out the house's artistic stable. Furniture designers Patrick Fredrikson and Ian Stallard also created a piece. Architect Marino modeled the store's façade after a Chanel No.5 perfume box, carving out two separate entrances for the contiguous fashion and fine jewelry outposts. Marino's other standout design flourish promises to be the rooftop terrace's facade, where thousands of tone-on-tone LED-lit double-C Chanel logos will shine. Perfect for Tinseltown?
ANNABEL'S SOLD: It's the end of an era. Mark Birley has sold his legendary London nightclub, Annabel's, to Richard Caring, the London clothing supplier and owner of The Ivy and Le Caprice restaurants. Sources said Caring purchased Annabel's and private clubs Mark's Club, George, Harry's Bar and the Bath & Racquets Club for upward of $180 million. The deal was signed Tuesday. Birley is on holiday in Morocco and could not be reached for comment, and Caring declined to comment. As reported, Caring, a close friend of Topshop boss Sir Philip Green, had been in talks with Birley for a number of months. The perma-tanned, 58-year-old Caring ranks 177th on the Sunday Times of London Rich List with a net worth of $900 million. He bought The Ivy, Le Caprice, Daphne's and J Sheekey in 2005. Birley founded Annabel's more than 40 years ago, and over the decades it's hosted everyone from European princes to Middle Eastern magnates to London pop stars. The sale follows a Birley family feud, which resulted in Birley's son, Robin Birley, being banished from the club last year. Sources say the club's namesake and Birley's ex-wife, Lady Annabel Goldsmith, is none too pleased about the sale to Caring.