LOVELY KITTY: The fashion world's love of Hello Kitty shows no signs of abating — especially in the feline's home country of Japan. To wit, Vogue Nippon has dedicated seven pages of its June issue to the queen of cute. (Vogue Nippon, like WWD, is published by Condé Nast Publications.) The issue features sketches of the cartoon cat wearing no fewer than 55 looks from Dior's fall-winter collection, two of which were developed into limited edition figurines available at Colette come July. Those who can't make it to Paris will have to settle for the commemorative charm pasted into each copy of the magazine. Elsewhere in the issue, Hello Kitty (or rather an individual wearing a suit bearing her likeness) frolics through the Dior store in Paris and takes in the Eiffel Tower. There are also tons of photos of celebs clutching or wearing the Sanrio character in some form, including Cameron Diaz, Carine Roitfeld, Ashley Judd and Paris Hilton. A portrait of John Galliano kissing a plush version of his new muse kicks off the spread entitled "Bonjour! Kitty."
— Amanda Kaiser
FRIENDS, INDEED: Eva Mendes and Steven Meisel have been hanging out a lot lately. Meisel recently shot the actress for Calvin Klein's fragrance and underwear campaigns, which will make their debuts in fall fashion magazines as well as the May cover of Italian Vogue at a private home in the Pacific Palisades. The May issue hit newsstands on Friday. — A.W.