ANOTHER WORLD: What can industrial design learn from fashion? Plenty — and vice versa, according to Fendi's Silvia Venturini Fendi as the Roman fashion house steps up its commitment to limited edition design objects by mounting its first-ever event during London Design Week later this month.
Starting Thursday at the Fumi gallery through Oct. 31, Fendi will present works by five designers, some of whom used Fendi elements to create objects in line with the show's title, "In Every Dream Home." Objects include a mahogany armoire covered in Fendi leather by Paul Kelley and a wall covering made with Fendi remnants by Rowan Mersh. The other participating designers are Freddie Yauner, Tina Roeder and Studio Glithero.
"We like the challenge of bringing to light new and interesting designers," Venturini Fendi said. "It's a way of nourishing creativity…getting energy from a domain that is very energetic at the moment."
Industrial designers certainly have picked up tips from Fendi. Venturini Fendi noted Simon Hasan, a British industrial designer who participated in its "Craft Punk" initiative at Milan's Salone del Mobile that had works created on the spot, adopted a stitching technique he discovered in Fendi's Florence atelier that is "less painful for the hands."
TOP TABLE: After winning a public competition, top Milanese eatery Da Giacomo, a go-to spot for the fashion circle, will be running the in-house restaurant of the Museo del Novecento, a museum dedicated to 20th century Italian art, slated to open in mid-November in the city's main Piazza del Duomo. The menu will feature many of the same dishes served at the Da Giacomo restaurant and surf-and-turf bistro, but as the locale will be open from noon to midnight, finger foods like sandwiches and hamburgers will be available, as well.
While the name is still being decided upon, the front-runner remains Giacomo Arengario, named after the Tuscan founder of the eatery and the Thirties-era building that houses it.
PUCKER UP: You couldn't accuse Serge Lutens of paying lip service to luxury. His new Lip Comfort balm, carried at the Les Salons du Palais Royal boutique in Paris and France's Printemps department store, carries a price tag of 65 euros, or $82.65 at current exchange.
GENDER BENDER: Forget unisex. Swedish brand Acne has collaborated with Candy editor in chief Luis Venegas on what it bills as a transvestite, transgender and cross-dressing collection of three shirts. The limited edition line delivers quirky he-she riffs on the classic western shirt, applying a lavish pussy bow to a masculine denim style, say. Due to be launched during Paris Fashion Week in October, the shirts will be distributed in Acne stores and a selection of retailers. A new title, Candy magazine dedicates itself to transvestism, transexuality, cross dressing and androgyny.