POOL SHOT: It may not be the best time for retail ventures, but Hermès expects to make a splash with a future opening planned for Paris. Though it’s too early to disclose details, a brand spokeswoman confirmed the house will open a store in La Piscine, a shopping mall based in the disused former swimming pool of the Lutetia hotel on Rue de Sèvres. “It won’t be for this year,” she said.
FASHION RECALL: Stan Herman, designer and former president of the CFDA, has probably heard the photographer’s battle cry, “Uncross Your Legs,” more times that he cares to remember. Nevertheless, that’s the provocative title he chose for his memoirs reflecting his 50 years in the fashion business. Herman, whose design career has spanned ready-to-wear, loungewear, uniforms and a lucrative gig on QVC, spent four years writing the book (in long-hand, with sketches). He’s currently doing rewrites and talking to publishers. The book deals with his relationships with such designers as Geoffrey Beene, Pauline Trigere and Norman Norell, as well the “youngsters today who have become my children,” as well as his 16 years heading the CFDA. “It’s been a very diversified career, and I’m still here. I’m a survivor,” he said.
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