DONATELLA’S FRONTMAN: Donatella Versace didn’t need to invite any of her rock-star friends to play at her daughter Allegra Beck‘s 19th birthday party when there was already talent in the family. Her son, 14-year-old Daniel Beck, and his band, Nucleus, played a 30-minute set at Allegra’s party Tuesday night in Versace’s Via Gesu apartment in Milan. Until then, Daniel Beck, the band’s lead singer and guitarist, had only played his brand of garage rock at school concerts. While it’s too early to know if he’s planning a career in music, Mom’s friends, Uncle Elton and Uncle Sting, will certainly have a few pointers for him.
DARYL’S 189 RE-ENTRY: Daryl Kerrigan is teaming up with Barneys New York to relaunch K 189, the secondary line she had spun off in the late Nineties but on which she put a hold in 2002. K 189 had focused on giving the cool downtown girl essentials such as low-slung jeans, little jackets and T-shirts. When Kerrigan reacquired the rights to her name from The Leiber Group in 2002, she chose to focus on rebuilding the Daryl K label, blending some of K 189’s signature looks into that collection. This time, she is bringing the collection back in a cobranded format labeled Daryl K 189 & Co-op.
The collection will hit Co-op stores this August at retail prices from about $170 to $415. “We just missed those iconic pieces that Daryl was doing,” said Julie Gilhart, fashion director at Barneys New York. “She is the original Lower East Side girl that had sophistication. Everybody loves Daryl.”
VALENTINO’S EXCHANGE: Shares in Valentino Fashion Group will make their trading debut on the Milan Stock Exchange on Friday, and Valentino himself is expected to be there for the big event and ring the opening bell. As reported, Marzotto is spinning off its fashion interests, which include Valentino and a controlling stake in Hugo Boss, into a new company to boost visibility of its most profitable businesses. Marzotto shareholders will receive one Valentino Fashion Group share for each Marzotto share they own.
TALENT SEARCH: London continues to be a hotbed of creativity — just ask the folks at DKNY. The company has chosen to sponsor the fashion, textiles and accessories areas at London’s “New Designers” exhibition, which starts today and runs through July 10. The exhibit, held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, features the work of more than 3,000 U.K. students, and DKNY will award two prizes of 1,000 pounds, or about $1,800 at current exchange, for innovative and creative work. The company’s creative team also will pick several designers and exhibit their work in its Bond Street store for six weeks this fall, to coincide with London Fashion Week. DKNY will kick the exhibit off by cohosting a party with Wallpaper magazine on Sept. 22.
FUR-FREE TEA: There won’t be any fur flying during tea this afternoon at Stella McCartney‘s store in Los Angeles. The designer’s boutique (minus McCartney, who’s home in London tending to her four-month-old son, Miller) will play host to about 50 fashion influentials, including Amy Smart, Emily Deschanel and Constance Marie, in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States. John Grandy, the organization’s senior vice president of wildlife, and Danny Seo, ecostylist and special projects editor for Organic Style magazine, will encourage the crowd (who was screened prior to the event to verify its PC status) to purchase and use clothes sans animal textiles — from leather to fur. It’s a more gentle approach to activism for McCartney, who, in the past, has sent videos to designers describing animal cruelty. “She wanted to do something positive for animals in a respectful manner,” said Claudine Gumbel, the event’s publicist.
LIVE WIRE: Are clothes in window displays passe? Perhaps, if Nicolas Ghesquiere is any indication. Given the rare honor of having all 10 windows at Paris department store Le Bon Marche, the Balenciaga designer opted to take the artsy route, enlisting his artist buddies, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Seraphin Ducellier, to create videos (although they did sneak some clothes from the summer 2005 collection onto house muse Joana Price). The windows make their debut Friday and stay in for three weeks.