HERE COMES THE RODARTE BRIDE: Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy are trying their hand at bridal gowns with the dress that they’re creating for filmmaker Miranda July. Best known for her 2005 film “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” which she wrote, directed and starred in, July is engaged to Mike Mills, another multihyphenated creative who recently published a book called “Mike Mills: Graphics/Films.” A regular at Rodarte’s runway shows, July said the design process entailed telling her friends what she liked from their past collections. The dress for her May nuptials surely won’t be graphically bold like the Cosmic Wonder gold tunic she donned on Thursday at the Hammer Museum and then Purple Lounge to celebrate Mills’ new book. At the Hammer, the Mulleavys and Mills regaled the invitation-only audience, including actress Patricia Arquette and designers Jasmin Shokrian and Scott Sternberg, with personal factoids about themselves. For instance, Kate Mulleavy confessed she’s obsessed with World War II films and Mills explained he immersed himself in the SoCal skater scene because he couldn’t tan at the beach. Mills seems to approve his fiancée’s decision to wear Rodarte on their big day: After all, he owns a pair of Rodarte pajamas.
CLINTON HEADED TO CANNES: This year’s amfAR gala at the Cannes International Film Festival looks set to be a politically charged affair, with former President Bill Clinton lined up to join amfAR chairs Sharon Stone, Harvey Weinstein, Carine Roitfeld, Michelle Yeoh, Donatella Versace, Michel Litvak, Vincent Roberti, Bruce Weber and amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole. Annie Lennox has also been booked to perform at the event, which will be held May 21 at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes.
NATALIE’S NEW DEAL: HBO is going green for its latest fashion collaboration. The cable company, which has previously worked with AG Jeans for an “Entourage” denim collection and Cosabella for a “Sex and the City” lingerie line, is teaming up with Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin for a limited edition line of tanks and T-shirts. She’s recycling and reworking overstock graphic T-shirts from shows such as “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” “Entourage,” “True Blood” and “Flight of the Conchords.” “We’re using the techniques we’ve been using since the beginning of the company — reverse and sequin appliqués, sculpted flowers, stenciling and embroidered handwriting. HBO pretty much gave us carte blanche,” says Chanin, noting the same group of local artisans who make her homespun hand-stitched garments will work on this project. “Every single one is one-of-a-kind.” Alabama Chanin for HBO, which retails from $65 to $85, will launch at the HBO Shop on New York’s 42nd Street on Tuesday.
RETAIL STIMULUS PLAN: Mitchells & Richards are not only giving their customers hugs, but also a gift certificate for $100 to use toward the purchase of spring merchandise. The gift certificate was attached to a letter from the Mitchell family, which read in part, “Spring 2009 is time for a fresh start….While today’s economy is uncertain, it is arguably more important than ever to dress well….We are here to help you and look forward to dressing you for the great times that lie ahead!” The $100 can be applied to anything in the stores, through August, excluding Hermès and sale merchandise. For inspiration, the letter was sent with the Mitchells & Richards’ spring catalogue.
The company isn’t the only retailer giving away money. Saks Fifth Avenue is offering a $50 gift card when a customer spends $450 in the women’s or men’s contemporary area, and Bloomingdale’s offered a $1,000 bmoney gift card this week to those who spent $2,000 at their designer event Tuesday.