COUTURE IN STORE: Donatella Versace has decided to take her upcoming couture show off the runway to present it in the company’s Paris flagship on Faubourg St. Honore. “This season felt like the right moment to make a change away from the runway and bring the collection back to our boutique,” Versace said. “I’ve seen the wonderful reaction to the atelier when the press and clients see the collection up close. This is a way to present the clothes in a more personal and intimate environment and to focus on the clothing in a different way.”
The collection will obviously be edited down, but whether the clothes will be put on models or mannequins remains a question. While some might view the decision as another element of the house’s cost-cutting plan, especially after the joint show for the Versace and Versus spring collections, the designer is no newcomer to this choice: she last opted for this venue in January 2000.
PRIMA DONNA: Donna Karan ended up being a no-show at the party she was to host Monday night at L.A. music mogul Rick Rubin’s Hollywood pad because she was helping daughter Gabe finish her wedding plans. But Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Daryl Hannah, Erika Christensen, Jacqui Getty and musicians Aimee Mann and Neil Finn all came out to toast the Vanity Fair concert series, which opened Tuesday night to a packed house at the Wiltern Theater.
MACK ATTACK: If she’d been life-size, no one could have smuggled her so quietly or so deviously out of the party. But the Bob Mackie-designed Fantasy Goddess of Asia Barbie Doll is about ruler-sized, so someone was able to swipe her from her display case while press and VIP buyers were glued to the California Market Center’s runway show Nov. 1. Those with legitimate intentions — and a desire to meet the real Mackie — can purchase designer-edition Mattel dolls at Inside the Designer’s Studio, a Jan. 17 fund-raiser for Otis College to be held at CMC.
WEDDINGS IN STORE: Amorous couples will be able to get more than their Christmas baubles at Selfridges this winter, when the store adds wedding ceremonies to its list of services. Selfridges was recently granted a license by the City of Westminster to conduct civil marriages at its Oxford Street flagship. “Selfridges is about inspiration and fun and offering our customers something new at every turn,” said James Bidwell, marketing director of the store. Couples will be able to choose between the Premier Restaurant or the Lower Ground Atrium space. This new venture coincides with Selfridges’ “The Winter of Love” Christmas campaign, which includes a program of music and performances, as well as Christmas gifts.