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DESIGN FRIENDS: After teaming up with Estelle for jewelry, Rachel Roy has enlisted model Jessica Stam to co-design a capsule collection featuring a jean, a cardigan and a handbag for her Rachel Rachel Roy label. The pieces, which will launch in October, will be unveiled during New York Fashion Week in September. Roy and Stam will heavily rely on social media to launch the collection, with Twitter and Facebook updates and a behind-the-scenes video footage of the collaboration. “Fashion is something I grew up surrounded by, so now that I’m putting pen to paper the ideas are flying out,” Stam said.
LET’S GET PHYSICAL: “We talked for a few minutes, but her gaze was dazzling and I remember that moment as if it were yesterday,” said Wanda Ferragamo, recalling her first meeting with Greta Garbo. “Her style was sober, but very elegant, and still very contemporary,” said Ferragamo, who still goes to the office “every day.” The Italian fashion brand staged an exhibition dedicated to the legendary actress, which was unveiled on Saturday at Milan’s Triennale and which will travel to Florence in April. The event drew guests such as actress Maggie Q, who just wrapped up the Scott Steward film “Priest” with Paul Bettany and was gearing up for her own series “La Femme Nikita,” an updated take on the 1990 Luc Besson movie. “I just found out and I’m so excited,” said the actress about her role as a trained assassin. “You’re lucky if you get to do an action movie. It’s fun, but also a lot of work because it’s a physical and mental performance at the same time.”
AT HOME WITH HILFIGER: He’s done the comforters, bed pillows and dust ruffles. Now Tommy Hilfiger would like to extend his brand to furniture. Hilfiger, who was in Philadelphia Friday to speak at a Wharton retail conference, said furniture is one category he’s still looking to do. Asked if he was negotiating with a furniture company, Hilfiger told WWD, “Not yet but if you know any, I would love to design a whole collection of furniture.” The designer has always had a personal interest in décor, as evidenced by his beautifully-appointed homes in Mustique, Nantucket and Manhattan, as well as his Round Hill Road estate in Greenwich, Conn., which sold last fall for $20 million. That home, with eight bedrooms, nine baths, a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, indoor basketball court, a massage room with waterfall, a sauna and a home theater, had been featured on charity house tours.
DRESS UP PARTY: Thursday night’s Costume Designers Guild awards at the Beverly Hilton proved more like an ode to Brittania with sponsors Swarovski and Lacoste honoring Emily Blunt and Sandy Powell, respectively, for their work in “The Young Victoria.” Though Powell received Lacoste’s Career Achievement in Film honor for her 34-film body of work, she joked, “I can only think that they’ve run out of old people to give this to.” The clever remarks kept on throughout the evening courtesy of presenters Eddie Izzard, Nicole Kidman, Alan Cumming, Nancy Sinatra and Loni Anderson and hostess Parker Posey, who donned a series of vintage Irene costumes from the Forties. “It’s rare that a director can dance better than his actors, and he probably can sing better than us too,” said Kidman as she presented “Nine” director Rob Marshall with the Distinguished Collaborator award for his appreciation of costume in film. Deadpanned Cumming, “Not only do I appreciate costume designers, I rely on them to inform my characters, because I’ve been in fittings where I haven’t even read the script.”
TOUGH LOVE: Solange Azagury-Partridge is launching her first bridal jewels, but don’t expect a gilded vision of marital bliss. The “Tough Love” collection, due to be launched in May, will offer romance with an edge. “It’s not saccharine sweet,” Azagury-Partridge said at a cocktail party held by Labelux, the owners of her brand, at the 17th-century Palazzo Durini in Milan. “It’s hard work to keep the love. It’s not just the romance, and it’s not just diamonds.” The designer is gearing up for the move this spring from her longtime shop on London’s Westbourne Grove to a boutique on New Bond Street. “My whole reason for being there when I first opened was to be close to home and my children and school. And now my kids are a bit older, I can go to the West End with the big boys,” she laughed.
SHOE IN: Giuseppe Zanotti took advantage of its Milan presentation on Saturday to unveil his newest endeavor: rock-inspired jewelry in silver, gold and bronze incorporating hardware from the footwear collection, such as rhinestones and spikes. Retail prices will range from $325 for a ring to $1,850 for a breastplate-style necklace. The brand also touted its new Yoox-powered online store website that went live last Thursday.
BLOGGING AT BENDEL’S: Rebecca Minkoff and Henri Bendel are hosting a blogging event Thursday in honor of the line’s pop-up shop in the retailer’s Fifth Avenue window. Bendel’s is inviting all fashion bloggers to meet Minkoff and browse her spring line.