EURO STAR: Calvin Klein, en route to Paris to celebrate the opening of his new Avenue Montaigne collection boutique Thursday night, has been mum about his itinerary in Europe. His trip is described as mostly private, so don’t expect him to turn up at any runway shows. But sources said that he and Fran Lebowitz are expected to attend a Francesco Clemente opening in Naples on Saturday.
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RUFF LIFE: He’s shot the world’s most beautiful women. But Mario Testino has also turned his lens to glamorize other species: cats and dogs. The photographer recently shot the packaging and advertising for Sheba and Caesar pet food, which are being repositioned as fashionable brands for those who pamper their pets — with designer accessories to boot. The campaign recently broke in France and may yet go global. Testino said he accepted the assignment because so many of the women he photographs are target customers. “It closes the circle,” he said. Or make that the leash. But Testino himself is petless. “With my travel schedule, it would be too cruel,” he said.
NIGHT LIFE: George Clooney is living it up in Italy, taking a rare seven-day break from years of back-to-back filming, having recently wrapped up “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.” At Giorgio Armani’s after-party at Nobu Monday night, he helped close down the joint — and then went on to party at Club Hollywood. Clooney recently bought a house in Como — but not the famous Versace villa. “No, I couldn’t afford that,” he said laughing, describing his new pad as “the perfect place to crash when you’re drunk.” Meanwhile, Kim Cattrall’s modus operandi in Italy isn’t drinking. It’s shopping. But the co-author of “Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm,” said she’s also working on a documentary for HBO about — what else? — sex.
MYSTERY MAN: Florida-based designer Zoran didn’t have a fashion show in Milan this week. No matter. He held court in the Four Seasons lobby, downing vodkas into the wee hours and receiving a parade of editors from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and other magazines who recognized him. Asked what he’s doing in Italy, Zoran said he’s here to look at real estate. And the next stop on his itinerary? Australia. “For the horses,” he said.
FULL OF HOLES: The Legion of Honor notwithstanding, the latest accessory to be donned by a fashion designer is a gold medal from La Fédération Française des Dentelles et Broderies. That’s the trade organization that promotes the use of lace and handwork industries in France, which is honoring Bill Blass designer Lars Nilsson tonight for his artful use of lace, at a ceremony at Le Palais du Luxembourg.
FLOWER POWER: Kenzo Parfums spread urban zen in Paris this weekend. The LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned brand planted 180,000 paper poppies — its emblem — in such spots as the Place des Victoires and the Bastille during the wee hours of Saturday morning to promote its women’s fragrance, Flower by Kenzo. Parisians harvested them with gusto, picking the red flowers so quickly that not a one was left by midafternoon.