DONATELLA’S RIDE: Donatella Versace just can’t avoid the limelight. Italian press reports last week said three policemen in September apparently escorted the designer to her villa in Moltrasio, Como, on government time. The accounts said that Versace was traveling in her private car and the police, on duty to patrol the highway, helped the designer avoid a weekend traffic jam. The officers are being investigated for allegedly acting without official permission, and providing an escort usually allowed only during emergencies. A Versace spokesman described the reports as “ridiculous.”
POSEN POPS A CORK: Zac Posen has a new trick up his sleeve. A partnership has been announced with Moët & Chandon for a limited-edition Zac Posen champagne bottle cover to be released this year. The sleeve is patterned after Posen’s intricate studded legwear, which he showed last month during his fall runway presentation. The accessory proved versatile, worn as a hair scrunchy, arm accessory or a look Posen particularly liked — scrunched up and bubbling out the top of a favorite pair of boots. Posen said of the collaboration, “Champagne is very important to me. You can’t have a fashion show without it.”
STEFANI’S SNEAKERS: Gwen Stefani’s apparel and accessories brand, L.A.M.B., will add sneakers to the mix this fall. The sneaker collection is part of a licensing partnership between L.A.M.B., which launched in 2003, and Royal Elastics, a wholly owned subsidiary of K-Swiss Inc. The sneakers will feature classic silhouettes with unique treatments and are inspired, mainly, by Stefani’s own style and her number-one influence, music. After all, L.A.M.B. is an acronym for Love Angel Music Baby (not to mention it’s the name Stefani called her childhood dog).
This story first appeared in the March 31, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.