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Fashion Scoops: Book Smarts… To A T… Legend in the Making

Reed Krakoff is adding yet another title to his name.

BOOK SMARTS: Reed Krakoff is adding yet another title to his name. The president and executive creative director of Coach has become a publisher. Krakoff hosted a party on Monday night at Bergdorf Goodman to celebrate the launch of his second tome, “Lalanne,” which he worked on in collaboration with New York gallery owner Paul Kasmin and London gallery owner Ben Brown to feature the work of French artists Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne. The book, which will be distributed by D.A.P., is in anticipation of the Lalannes’ first solo exhibition in the U.S. in 15 years. It opens at the Paul Kasmin Gallery on Thursday. “I have been a fan of the Lalannes’ work for a long time,” said Krakoff, who attended the event with his wife, Delphine, who is expecting their third child in December. “Working on a book about the artists allows me to really get to know the work, and in turn, it always leads to something in my work.”

Krakoff said the Lalannes’ use of handworked metals has been his latest inspiration, which he already put to use creating a sleeve for a limited-edition version of the book to be sold at Bergdorf’s. The sleeve is designed from a python that is finished with a bronze sheen. It will encase 10 books to be sold at $895.

TO A T: Craving an original Francisco Costa design without worrying whether it will fit? Thursday night’s Fashion for Action benefit’s silent auction will include original artwork of the limited-edition T-shirt design that the Calvin Klein Collection designer — an honorary chair of Housing Works — created for the occasion. Also for sale: a Stephen Burrows bias-cut silk chiffon gown, a Marc Jacobs purse, a Carla Closet consultation, a haircut with Gabriel at the John Sahag Workshop and a three-night stay at the Loews Miami Beach. Thursday kicks off the five-day event, the remainder of which will be devoted to a sale of designer clothing from the likes of Marc Jacobs, Valentino and (of course) Calvin Klein, at up to 90 percent off retail. All proceeds go to Housing Works.

This story first appeared in the November 15, 2006 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

LEGEND IN THE MAKING: Even Chelsea Clinton understands the importance of impressing a new boss. Clinton, who was scheduled to join the Movado Group for a luncheon Tuesday at New York’s Per Se honoring ballerina Kathryn Morgan as one of its Future Legends, dismissed herself before the meal even began. Clinton cited her recently acquired job at Avenue Capital Group, a hedge fund that manages about $12 billion in assets. Morgan, an 18-year-old from Mobile, Ala., who is enrolled as a full-time student at the School of American Ballet and is an apprentice with New York City Ballet, admitted she was a little overwhelmed meeting Clinton and the 75 or so people at the luncheon. But the up-and-comer just might soon get used to the attention. She is dancing in the New York City Ballet’s opening performance of “Carousel,” choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.

Future Legends was developed in celebration of its 125 years in business and seeks to nurture artists who have shown exceptional promise early in their careers. Five Future Legends were chosen this year, including Morgan, jazz pianist Jonathan Batiste, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and dancers Aaron Rogers and Tyrell V. Rolle.