CASTING CALL: Miuccia Prada continues to surprise with her casting for the fast-growing Miu Miu brand. Laetitia Casta, the French model and actress, will be in the advertising campaign for fall-winter, a Miu Miu spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Lindsay Lohan is the face of the current Miu Miu spots. Kim Basinger, Camilla Belle, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore and Chloë Sevigny have also fronted the brand.
BOY CRAZY: She's been married 35 years and has a 31-year-old son, but now Josie Natori is thinking about men in a way she's never done before — as a business and design opportunity. She's launching the Natori Men's Homewear Collection at Saks Fifth Avenue in September. It will include fleece, pajamas, boxers, robes and knit loungewear. "I always thought about women and never about men. It's a learning thing, but it's also a fun thing," Natori, chief executive officer of the Natori Co., said at a lunch Wednesday at Philippe on East 60th Street. "I'm excited to be able to please a lot of my friends and family." Her husband, Ken, is particularly excited. "He's finally got something from me that he can give to his friends."
INSPIRATIONAL GEMS: In celebration of its 35th anniversary, jewelry company Carolee has chosen several notable women for a new initiative. Beyoncé Knowles and her mother, Tina; Deborah Norville; Lynda Carter; Mena Suvari, and Amanda Beard have been selected to put their personal quotes on Words to Live By, a collection of five limited edition sterling silver bangles. The Knowleses' bracelet is stamped with "Love Will Conquer All" and Carter's says "Wonder-Believe-Create." All profits from the bangles, which cost $100 each and are part of the firm's Sterling Sentiments line, will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The bracelets will be on sale throughout the fall starting at Bloomingdale's in September. "We wanted a diverse group of women who would speak to the wide range of Carolee customers," said Karen O'Brien, Carolee's vice president of worldwide marketing. "They all have great words to live by. These women will have great life stories to share with you." A print advertising campaign will bow in October magazines.