Former Model on House Arrest... A Debut for McQ...

Xiao Dong Mei, a former model who shot to fame in the Nineties, is under house arrest after being brought up on money laundering charges by Italian police.

SPEAKING IN CODE: French leather goods brand Lancel will launch a collection inspired by Salvador Dalí with an exhibition at the Paris flagship of department store chain Galeries Lafayette. To celebrate the Collection Daligramme, Lancel has joined forces with the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation to stage a retrospective featuring never-before-seen photographs of the Surrealist painter and his wife Gala at the store’s Galerie des Galeries exhibition space from Sept. 1 to 20. The collection, which is based on a secret “love alphabet” developed by the artist, consists of 20 handbag styles — 13 in jacquard and seven in leather — with names like DaliDay and DaliCious, and a range of small leather goods and accessories, a spokeswoman for Lancel said. The bag designs will include two updated versions of the original slim rectangular Dalí handbag produced by Lancel in 1970, which featured a strap made from a bicycle chain. The 2011 versions, dubbed DaliDol, come with more practical leather straps.

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