GRAND DESIGNS: “I put it together in a way I’d wear Prada,” said Katie Grand at a cocktail to fete the launch of her temporary redesign of the Italian label’s Old Bond Street store in London. She’d dressed male and female Prada mannequins in looks from seasons both past and present, while a film by David Sims that depicts a mannequin being set on fire played in the store’s window and on screens inside the space. Grand’s windows are the second in a series of four store design projects that Prada is launching with four different stylists over the next month — Alex White’s windows in New York launched over the weekend while both Olivier Rizzo’s in Milan and Carine Roitfeld’s in Paris will launch over the next few weeks. The London windows and store design will stay up through Feb. 24. Grand, who was joined by Brit television stars including Tess Daly and “X-Factor” pop contest winner Alexandra Burke for Champagne and gin and tonics at the store, was modest about the impending launch of her magazine, Love, which hits newsstands Thursday. “I don’t think anyone’s ever happy with their first issue,” said Grand, though she admitted she is proud of an Anjelica Huston shoot. “It’s un-retouched — she’s got wrinkles and she’s got a body,” said Grand.
GREEN GOES ON: The latest addition to the slew of books helping consumers become more ecologically minded is from sometime model and eco-activist Summer Rayne Oakes. (Shouldn’t all these guides really be online, rather than printed on paper, albeit recycled?)
“Most of the books in this area aren’t appealing,” said Oakes at a fete last Wednesday at the Stella McCartney store, explaining the impetus behind her tome, called “Style, Naturally.” Her guide covers everything from tips on beauty products to clothing designers. As far as her book tour, Oakes is keeping things as green as possible. To offset the six months of travel she’s doing, she will plant 126 trees in Mozambique. Oakes is also looking to enter the B2B sector with a Web site geared to helping companies research sustainable design and beauty. A beta site will be launched later this year.