A SITE FOR SORE EYES: After two seasons of giving newmeaning to the concept of an off-site show, CatherineMalandrino has opted to stage her fall collection in amore convenient venue. Malandrino once drew editors to the Apollo Theater in Harlem for a collection inspired by that neighborhood, but, last season, disrupted the New York calender by showing at the 79th Street Boat Basin. It took hours to get there, and hours to get back, causing a logjam of late shows that day.
But on Feb. 11, Malandrino is taking over theLong Acre Theater on West 48th Street — only six blocks from Bryant Park — that is currently the home of Russell Simmons’ production “Def Poetry Jam.” To make up for some sore feelings among editors and buyers from last season, the designer has also booked entertainment, with a brief performance from one of the show’s regular poets.
YOU GOTTA HAVE HEART: A racy image of Angela Lindvall, shot by David LaChapelle, will be displayed in the Bryant Park Tent during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. It’s being used to promote The Heart Truth Campaign, featuring the Red Dress Collection that will promote international awareness of heart disease among women. Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Oscar de la Renta have contributed red dresses from current and vintage collections symbolizing the message “heart disease doesn’t care what you wear.” The red dresses will be displayed in the Bryant Park Tent, as will Mercedes Benz’s own version of a red dress — a red C320 Sports Coupe.
MINI CATCHES A LIFT: Mini, BMW’s matchbox car, is shooting for a little extra mileage from industrial designer Yves Béhar. He is the creative force behind Mini-motion, apparel and accessories aimed at urban nomads.
The 35-year-old designer has teamed up with Puma for a two-in-one driving shoe and Samsonite for a backpack that buckles into the passenger seat to double as an organizer. Steven Alan got the greenlight to rep the line, which includes a shirt, jacket and watch. Béhar, founder of the San Francisco-based Fuseproject, was honored by Time magazine for his Teflon-coated cashmere sweater for Lutz & Patmos as one of the best designs of 2002.