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BRIGHT EYES: John Galliano is taking designer branding to a new frontier: contact lenses that outline the iris in fine circles of sparkling gold or black. The Dior Eyes — currently hitting shelves in Europe — can be worn for up to two months and come in standard or luxury cases retailing from about $100 to $145. A release date in the U.S. has not yet come into focus.
NEED FOR SPEED: Trust Karl Lagerfeld, one of the quickest-thinking designers in fashion, to come up with a fast fragrance to match. A unisex scent is part of the collection Lagerfeld has designed for Swedish giant Hennes & Mauritz. It is slated to arrive in H&M stores in mid-November along with the 30-piece Lagerfeld for H&M collection — and when it sells out, that’s it. “I like the idea of perfume being done like this and then on to the next trend,” said Lagerfeld in his signature rapid-fire manner. The collaboration, to be backed by a major television and print campaign, is destined for about 800 H&M doors in 19 countries.
CAST AWAY: Anna Molinari has been creating a sensation throughout Italy with her latest design, yet it’s one that was never meant for the runway. Paparazzi have been following the Blumarine designer ever since she fashioned her own plastic cast after being involved in an accident while on vacation last month, when a bicyclist ran over her foot. After shedding her traditional plaster cast, Molinari personalized her plastic cast with rhinestones that spell “Blumarine” in cursive along the back and buckles that feature a pair of “Anna Molinari Couture” labels.”
This story first appeared in the August 12, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.