CITIZEN DIANE: After 30 years of holding her green card to live and work in the U.S., Belgium native Diane Von Furstenberg was sworn in as a U.S. citizen by a Bridgeport, Conn., judge on Friday. “It took me 27 years to get married and 30 to become an American,” she said. “It felt like the right thing at the right time. I have paid my taxes and done everything that a citizen does, except for vote. Now I definitely will. That’s the most exciting thing to me, and I will take it very seriously.” She even pledged.
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Y NOT?: Yohji Yamamoto made the transition to couture week smoothly, showing his top collection on July 7 with positive reviews. But it looks like the designer and the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture are on a collision course over Yamamoto’s plans to show his Y’s line in October during Paris Fashion Week. Some members of the Chambre, which organizes Paris Fashion Week, are opposed to having secondary or diffusion lines cluttering the calendar as they do in Milan and New York. For his part, Yamamoto argues that Y’s is true ready-to-wear, while the more expensive Yohji Yamamoto line is couture in spirit. Furthermore, Yamamoto launched Y’s first, in 1972, nine years ahead of the Yohji Yamamoto label. A Yamamoto spokeswoman for the house acknowledged “some resistance” to the plan to show Y’s. Indeed, it looks like the designer might have already lost his prized time slot on the opening day of the shows Oct. 3. But the spokeswoman said Yamamoto plans to show off calendar if necessary if a negotiated solution cannot be found. Chambre president Didier Grumbach said a decision is expected by the end of the week.
JAPAN CLAN: Rei Kawakubo is lending a helping hand to an acolyte: Jun Takahashi of the cult Japanese fashion label Undercover. With Kawakubo’s encouragement, Takahashi plans to join Paris Fashion Week in October to introduce the Western world to his avant-garde, but accessible, clothes for women and men. “We believe in him,” said Adrian Joffe, managing director of Comme des Garçons and Kawakubo’s husband. “We’re also going to help him pick the best clients who will understand him.” Kawakubo has a reputation for assisting promising designers, famously creating an independent label for protégé Junya Watanabe under her company umbrella. Joffe stressed that Undercover plans to remain financially independent, and his and Kawakubo’s support amounts to “advice and moral support.”
DEVIL MAY WEAR: When Primal Scream was looking to make a fetish-themed music video for the song “Miss Lucifer,” they went straight to Alexander McQueen for the tight black leather outfits worn by all the girls. The erotic video, shot by Dawn Shadforth — who also shoots Kylie Minogue’s videos — is a classic boy-meets-girl-in-a-club scenario, sort of. What follows is a lot of bare breasts and sex on car hoods. This could be the first of many collaborations, said a spokesman for Primal Scream. “It wouldn’t surprise me if they work together in the future. They’re all good friends.”