KATE GOES VINTAGE: Kate Moss is adding some vintage to her fragrance wardrobe. In September, the model-turned-designer will introduce Vintage by Kate Moss, a fruity floriental scent, with her fragrance licensee Coty. A plethora of fellow celebrities are lining up launches for later this year with Coty, too. David and Victoria Beckham will introduce Beckham Signature, a master brand, in July, while Australian popstar Kylie Minogue has cooked up her first men’s scent for August. Dubbed Kylie Inverse, the fresh amber oriental scent’s launch will be accompanied by an advertising campaign shot by William Baker and featuring Minogue and Spanish model Andrés Velencoso.
HOMECOMING: Christian Dior is going home — to 30 Avenue Montaigne — for its couture show July 6, showing high fashion in its gilded gray salons for the first time in a decade. There will be one show for clients, another for press. Rather than a cost-cutting measure, Dior honcho Sidney Toledano characterized the venue change as part of efforts to underscore Dior’s brand codes and rich heritage. “We want to do it in this house again to feel at Dior. We really want to transport the spirit,” he said. The last few seasons, John Galliano has shown his couture creations in a large tent erected in the gardens of the Rodin Museum in Paris. Meanwhile, Dior’s boutique at Saint-Germain-des-Prés unveiled some eye-catching windows last week: giant M&M-like discs bearing the names Christiane Dior and Jeanne Galliano. They’re artworks by Agnès Thurnauer, who transformed the designers’ names into “feminine” versions in a wink to the relative absence of women in the history of art. They’ll remain until June 12.
ALL FOR ZAC: Gilt Groupe’s best customers may relish a bargain, but that won’t stop them from coming out to meet Zac Posen and view his new resort collection up close. Annie Churchill, Zani Gugelmann, Marjorie Gubelmann, Alex Lind Rose and Alex Kramer are some of the better-known invitees who have RSVP’d to a private reception Monday night following Posen’s resort show, which Gilt Groupe is sponsoring. Does this mean the $80 million online private-sales company could branch into selling current-season merchandise? “Full price is something we talk about as a possibility with a lot of designers,” said Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, who did stints with Bulgari and Louis Vuitton before starting Gilt Groupe with eBay veteran Alexis Maybank. But, she added, “That’s not our focus. We have no definite plans.” This is not the first designer show Gilt Groupe has funded, but the company has a special relationship with Posen. Gilt Groupe launched with a sale of the brand, in November 2007.
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