HILARY’S TWO-STEP: On the eve of her summer tour, Hilary Duff, in a Giorgio Armani slip dress and Prada heels, turned out Monday night to kick off her role as the poster girl for Candie’s new juniors’ line. The poolside party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s on-fire Tropicana Bar yielded a tight gathering — sister Haylie and pals Michelle Trachtenberg, Tyler Hilton, Taryn Manning, Jason Biggs and Efren Ramirez. “It feels good to promote something you feel comfortable in and actually like,” Duff said of the line. It rolls out exclusively at Kohl’s 670 doors July 18. “The line is affordable and fashionable, and I think girls will really enjoy it.”
ALICE IN LA LA LAND: British designer Alice Temperley will no longer have to peddle her ultra-femme frocks to stars and their stylists out of the Chateau Marmont, like she did last fall. Sources familiar with the London brand said Temperley is close to inking a deal on a 1,000-square-foot space in the same building as the Sally Hershberger for John Frieda salon at Melrose Place. “I think they’ll do great there because they already have a following here in L.A.,” said Jay Luchs, vice president at real estate firm CB Richard Ellis, which handles retail properties there.” No final word on when the shop opens, but sources indicate it could be as early as fall.
RAYS’ CREW: Rays Apparel Group is building its Body Glove team. The Redondo Beach, Calif., company named Hollie Jodon as head designer of its juniors’ sportswear and Christie Fish as sales manager. Jodon previously served as a designer for Op, formerly licensed by Rays and designed for Pacific Sunwear. Fish’s past sales experience includes a stint at Apparel Ventures as sales manager for the juniors’ division. Rays newly acquired Body Glove license includes juniors’, young men’s sportswear and swim. The new sportswear line will bow at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues Foundation Room during MAGIC in Las Vegas Aug. 29.