WOOD SHE?: “Nothing is signed yet, and it’s too early to discuss,” Carla Bruni-Sarkozy’s publicist demurred on Thursday, following reports the French First Lady had agreed to a role in Woody Allen’s next movie. Speculation started in June when the American director visited France’s presidential couple and declared he would love to have the former model-turned-singer play in a movie he plans to shoot in Paris next summer. Bruni-Sarkozy only made brief appearances playing herself in Robert Altman’s 1994 film, “Prêt-à-Porter.”
CAMILLA NO-SHOW: The strains of the economy have claimed another victim, at least for this coming fashion week. Camilla Staerk, who was scheduled to present her spring collection at Milk Studios as part of the MAC Cosmetics and Milk venue on Sept.12, has cancelled her show. Staerk said she is now focusing on building a strong foundation for the label and the launch of her new line, Staerk Signature, which she will be presenting at the Rendez-Vous NYC trade show from Sept.18 to 21. She plans to return to New York Fashion Week for the fall 2010 collections in February.
TAKE TWO: There will be a second hearing, on Dec. 11, in the case pitting Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, the granddaughter of L’Oréal’s founder, against the photographer François-Marie Banier, the court of Nanterre, France, decided Thursday. It is the latest chapter in an ongoing story, which began in December 2007, when Bettencourt Meyers lodged a complaint in the prosecutor’s office of Nanterre for “exploitation of weakness.” This followed her mother Liliane Bettencourt giving Banier gifts of almost 1 billion euros, or $1.43 billion at current exchange, in the form of financial investments and artwork.
GILT GIVES: Private-sale company Gilt Groupe doesn’t just sell past-season fashions. It’s also looking ahead — and cementing its relationships with young designers — by this season sponsoring the shows of Alexander Wang, Philip Lim, Rodarte and Peter Som under the tents in Bryant Park. Last month the Web site held cocktail parties and private screenings of “The September Issue” in Nantucket, Washington and Denver. Meanwhile, competitor Ideeli this month is offering luxury travel packages from partner Luxury Link.
MOVIN’ ON UP: Betsey Johnson is taking her spring show uptown to the Plaza Hotel, where she’ll host her presentation Sept. 15 in the Palm Court, set to officially open later this fall. Attendees can expect a mixed crowd — Paula Abdul and Avril Lavigne are among those on the guest list — and a performance by Ida Maria, if not Johnson’s classic cartwheel, which has been absent since last season.
GOYARD OPENS IN LONDON: Goyard has quietly opened its second European boutique in London’s Mayfair. The 864-square-foot shop, housed in a former art gallery at 116 Mount Street, carries the full range of Goyard accessories. While Goyard is not shouting about its arrival in London — the opening last week was a soft one, and there are no major launch parties planned — the brand is keen to highlight its heritage and credentials. On Sept. 23 and 24, Goyard’s artisans from Carcassonne, in southwestern France, will be at the store showing customers how the bags are made. Goyard will not be sending out invitations, and a spokeswoman said walk-ins are welcome.
MORE ON ROCKS: More details about the Oi Fashion Rocks event in Rio on Oct. 24 are beginning to emerge. Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D, Lulu Santos, Wanessa and Ja Rule have signed on to perform, joining Mariah Carey, who had confirmed her participation earlier. The designer list also continues to grow. In addition to Marc Jacobs and Versace, Calvin Klein Collection and Givenchy have confirmed their input into the event alongside local talent Alexandre Herchcovitch, Lino Villaventura, André Lima and Lenny.
ROCKING OUT: Erin Wasson is moving beyond clothing. In partnership with jeweler Pascal Mouawad, the model is launching LowLuv costume jewelry, set to hit the runway at her Rvca runway show on Sept. 11. The collection is inspired by the Southwestern desert and features 25 styles, including rings, necklaces and bangles in base metal plated in gold or silver. Prices for the line range from $40 to $200 at select retailers that also carry Wasson’s Rvca apparel. “I really felt like it was time to open up LowLuv to the customer who’s been lusting after the expensive stuff but could never afford it,” Wasson said. “That’s my girl. She’s the girl who wears Erin Wasson x Rvca and I wanted to make LowLuv attainable for her, too.”
PHI POPS UP: Carrots in San Francisco on Wednesday opened a Phi pop-up boutique to mark its exclusive on the brand in northern California. “This is sold out around the world, including New York,” said Melissa Grimm, Carrots’ co-owner with sister Catie Grimm, of the label’s Flight Dress, which retails for $2,595. This is Phi’s first-ever pop-up boutique, since the label was launched in 2003. Other lines carried by Carrots, open for almost two years, include Yigal Azrouël, Vanessa Bruno, Transit, T by Alexander Wang, Nigel Preston Knight, Proenza Schouler, Kaufman Franco, Bruno Manetti and Jarbo.