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DOWN TIME: Alixe Boyer, Christian Dior Inc.’s vice president of communications, has resigned, effective June 28. Boyer said she’s enjoyed her three years at Dior, but believes it’s time to change direction in her career. “I plan to take the summer off and reevaluate my professional life in the fall,” she said. Prior to working at Dior, Boyer held the post of senior director of communications at Ralph Lauren and also worked in the public relations department at Calvin Klein. Her replacement has not been named.
HERMES’ RECORD: Ka-ching! Last week’s Hermes trunk show at the Madison Avenue flagship did more than $2.2 million, setting a record for the New York store. The French luxury house offered pieces from its fall ready-to-wear collection designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as its shoe collection, which was created by Pierre Hardy.
Top items included a black astrakhan and brown mink-trimmed jacket, at $19,800 retail; a cropped shaved mink jacket for $11,300; a leather riding jacket for $5,500, and a leather-trimmed tweed pleated skirt for $3,675. Top footwear looks included an over-the-knee “Lointaine” boot for $1275, a “Lenon” flat ankle boot for $840 and a “Louise” flat lace-up brogue, for $740. Hermes kept the mood particularly French, offering Payard pastries while shoppers checked out the collection on in-house models or on a a flat-screen television displaying the runway presentation.
JORDACHE’S NEW LOOK: Brittany Murphy will star in the latest Jordache advertising campaign slated to run in national publications from fall 2005 through spring 2006. Patrick Demarchelier will shoot the campaign, which will feature a new take on the Jordache horse head logo. Jordache recently introduced a new premium line of jeans inspired by the classic Jordache look.
ON SHOW: Madonna is putting in an appearance at men’s wear trade show Pitti Uomo later this month. No, the star isn’t heading to Florence. Rather, the Ferragamo-owned Gallery Hotel Art is staging an exhibit of Steven Klein‘s photos and videos of the singer/icon. The show, with the awkwardly written title “Madonna: X-STaTIC PRo=CeSS2,” features nine photographs and seven video projects Klein created for the star’s last tour, including shots, previously published in WWD’s sister publication W, of the Material Girl contorting her body into poses worthy of a circus performer. The exhibit opens June 23 and runs through Sept. 30.
SHADOW DANCING: Christian Lacroix, who just signed on with Falic Group, the new owners of his fashion house, had another dramatic fashion event this week. Wednesday night in Brussels, the curtain went up on costumes he designed for the Richard Strauss opera “The Woman Without a Shadow” at the Theatre de la Monnaie. Shadowless or not, the women roaming the stage radiated chic in long, ravishing dresses with goddess airs. The show runs through June 29.
BAG RACKET: She may have stumbled during the French Open, but hometown tennis hero Amelie Mauresmo was aces in the handbag arena Monday night in Paris. Mauresmo was among 18 French celebrities tapped by Goyard to design a handbag for an auction to aid the Curie Institute, a cancer research charity, and hers bagged the highest bid: 6,000 euros, or about $7,360. “I am very proud, I’m a hit!” she said with a laugh about a design she described as “sober,” with a sporty stripe and her famous initials. The coup put her in a buying mood, and she put in winning bids on two handbags. Other participants included Marion Cotillard, Nathalie Baye and Judith Godreche.
PICTURE PERFECT: Hedi Slimane is getting deeper into the art world. This fall, the Dior Homme designer will curate an exhibition of photos by Robert Mapplethorpe at the Thaddeus Ropac gallery in Paris. And he’s also gearing up for his first solo show of photography next January at the Almine Rech Gallery in Paris.