GAULTIER RENEWS WITH AEFFE: Italy's Aeffe SpA, which is preparing to go public this summer, has inked a renewal contract for the production and distribution of Jean Paul Gaultier ready-to-wear. The new pact runs through the spring-summer 2013 season. The deal replaces a previous licensing agreement that was set to expire with spring 2008. "The signed deal testifies to the solid and enduring collaboration established between J.P. Gaultier and [Aeffe]," the Italian company said in a statement.

24 SEVEN AWARDED: Industry headhunter 24 Seven Inc.'s founding partners received the 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the business services category for the Metropolitan New York Area. Celeste Gudas, Sheilah Hogan and Stuart Kagel were recognized at an awards gala at the New York Marriott Marquis at the end of June. As a Metro New York Area award winner, 24 Seven is eligible for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 national program, which will be revealed at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., in November.

HAIR TODAY: Critics won't be able to have a go at John Travolta's leading lady role in the movie "Hairspray" until July 20, but movie fans can size up the flamingo-pink sequined dress he wears in the flick. That is one of 11 costumes on display at the Ann Taylor Loft flagship in New York's Times Square through the end of this month. Attire worn by Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron and others is also up in the retailer's Broadway and 42nd Street windows. More than 2,000 cans of hair spray and other movie props will serve as not-so-gentle reminders of the remake's theme, first made famous by John Waters in 1988.

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