GOING, GOING, GONE: When the Skoda boutique closed in Berlin last year, it could have meant the end of the fixtures industrial designer Marc Newson created especially for the spot. Instead, Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg will facilitate a different fate at the “21st-20th Century Design” auction on Tuesday. Skoda’s Newson-designed sales desk, interlocking floor panels, dressing room doors and a sculpted aluminum piece James Zemaitis, Phillips’ director of 20th and 21st century design, calls “the chicest clothing rack you’ve ever seen,” are expected to sell for between $80,000 and $120,000.
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“Rapid turnover and short attention span affects boutiques and restaurants that go in and out of fashion quickly,” said Zemaitis. “It’s a perilous situation where an absolute masterpiece can be lost.”
BEAUTY AND THE BABE: In the 1998 Eddie Murphy film “Holy Man,” Morgan Fairchild made a cameo hawking a fictitious line of electric facelift machines. Now the Old Navy pitchwoman is heading back to the beauty circuit, this time for real: She’s launching a line of products in January, the blonde vixen told WWD Tuesday night at the Chambers Hotel during a party for the launch of her pal Joan Collins’ book “Star Quality.” The line’s specifics are still being hammered out, said Jeffrey Lane, who is the publicist for Fairchild as well as Collins.
SPECIAL DENIM: Giorgio Armani is extending his limited-edition concept to denim and is producing 2,700 units of Original Big White, his favorite jeans style, in light blue and indigo.The jeans, which feature platinum-plated hardware, will be exclusively carried in the Giorgio Armani boutiques throughout Europe starting in mid-November. Made of cotton and hemp, a yarn combination that makes for an innovative surface, the jeans retail for about $230. The finishing touch is the packaging: an elegant hemp cardboard box.
JANE’S MOMENT: Jane Elfers and her efforts to reposition and differentiate Lord & Taylor will be the subject of a “Today” show segment, airing Nov. 29. As chairman and chief executive of L&T, she’s among a handful of women at the helm of a major retail chain in a challenging period for the industry.
DIVINE ANGELS: Lauren Hutton and Annette Bening will receive the Humanitarian and the Woman of Style honor, respectively, Dec. 5 at Divine Design 2002. The annual holiday shop-a-thon and gala fund-raiser benefits Project Angel Food, a decade-old meals service feeding people affected by HIV/AIDS.
Organizers are mum about which male co-stars will be handing these ladies their Swarovski crystal–coated angel statuettes, but they’re touted as A-list. ColorLab, a custom makeup line, will unveil two namesake shades exclusively for the event. Bening and Hutton aren’t the only big-hearted actresses involved in the fete. “Malcom in the Middle” emmy winner Jane Kaczmarek is donating one of her red-carpet dresses for the auction.