HAUTE NEW YORK?: The idea of designers forsaking their homelands to show a collection elsewhere is nothing new. Giorgio Armani, Miuccia Prada, Helmut Lang, Alexander McQueen and Nicolas Ghesquière have all taken their wares to foreign turf at different times. Only the couture has remained planted steadfastly on French soil. But Karl Lagerfeld may be about to change that. Sources in Paris say Lagerfeld is considering showing his fall couture collection in New York during the September ready-to-wear season. The move would make sense for Lagerfeld: not only was he concerned by the dearth of top American editors at January’s couture, but he has long proclaimed that fashion must always keep moving. And we thought he was talking philosophically. Lagerfeld was unavailable for comment.
CATHERINE’S CLOTHES CALL: Resort, a restaurant and lounge slated to open May 24 in East Hampton on Three Mile Road, has enlisted Catherine Malandrino to design the haunt’s staff uniforms. Malandrino, who also designed tops for the Simon Kitchen and Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, will outfit female staffers in white satin minis and stone-colored wrap tops with satin trim and short kimono-style sleeves. Considering that the watering hole — featuring a VIP room, outdoor patio and late-night dining — is expected to attract its fair share of East End cocktail-sipping hotties, it might be difficult to differentiate between those who sip and those who serve.
SWIMMING WITH THE SHARKS: Silvery salmon swim downstream when they mature, so it seems fitting that Princess Anne in a salmon-colored suit swept into the 21 Club on Monday night and downstairs to its wine cellar. Her school included several bodyguards, the New Yorker’s David Carey, her lady-in-waiting, Sandra Gee, and Barbara Hearst, among others, who dined on halibut. The princess was the guest of honor at a benefit for young@now’s new partnership with The Youth Development Institute of the Fund for the City of New York.
But she wasn’t the only big fish at 21. Ehud Barak also cruised by with his own pack of bodyguards, while Massimo Ferragamo braved a prime-time seating without any heavies.