Della Valle Visits Tokyo... H&M on the Runway... Tommy Wants a Turn...

Tod’s chairman Diego Della Valle brought a healthy dose of Italian charm to Tokyo. Also, Tommy Hilfiger says he would like to dress up Michelle Obama.

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TOMMY WANTS A TURN: Tommy Hilfiger had a message for First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday night: He’s available to dress her. Hilfiger issued the offer to the First Lady at a charity fashion runway event to benefit the National Capital Chapter of the National MS Society. As honorary co-chair of “Fashion’s Fight Against MS” event, hosted by Shannon Rusbuldt and ModelsHotel at the Washington Club here, Hilfiger lent his time and capsule collection runway show for a cause he has championed for more than 20 years and knows firsthand because his sister suffers from it.

“I’d like to dress her up,” he said of Obama. “She leans toward my casual clothes. I don’t think she knows I make dressy, formal clothes.”

Michaele Salahi, who first rose to fame, or maybe infamy, when she and her husband, Tareq, crashed a White House dinner and is now a “Real Housewives of D.C.” star, knows what it’s like to dress up in Hilfiger’s clothes. Salahi, who also recently revealed her secret battle with multiple sclerosis, glided down the runway in the designer’s fashions. Hilfiger is on a whirlwind tour, promoting his new fragrance and opening new stores around the world. Next year, Hilfiger’s sights are on Asia.

“I’m opening stores all over China and India right now,” he said, adding that he has about 1,100 stores worldwide and will open a total of 100 stores by year’s end.

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