JUST SUPER: Gisele Bündchen is on hiatus in Brazil this season, and it seems Milan is already waxing nostalgic about supermodels — despite their still-hefty price tag. Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Amber Valletta reunited on the Dolce & Gabbana runway Sunday after dining together at Bice’s kitchen table Saturday night. While Stefano Gabbana declined to reveal how much he and Domenico Dolce shelled out for the Evangelista exclusive (sources say it cost them six figures) he conceded that it was well worth the bucks. “There’s never been anything that could compare to that period of the supermodel,” Gabbana said. “Christy, Linda and Naomi were the trinity.”
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ALL’S FAIR: Vanity Fair is coming to Italy — and it looks like it will be a weekly affair. Condé Nast International has set a September launch date, and its fashion staff are already scouring the shows for the magazine, which will cover celebrity, fashion and beauty, among other topics. Jonathan Newhouse, head of Condé Nast International, could not immediately be reached for comment, but it is believed the title will seek to sell between 200,000 and 300,000 copies.
MAKING UP: Icy relations between some fashion houses and key journalists have started to thaw. Giorgio Armani, who banned the crew from French Vogue last season for failing to showcase his designs, invited them to Friday’s Emporio show. However, the big chill remains elsewhere. Where was Le Monde’s fashion critic Laurence Benaim at Gucci? Barred last season for panning Tom Ford’s designs for Yves Saint Laurent, she was not in town Saturday, leaving the status of that feud unclear. But Helmut Lang plans to continue giving the New York Times the cold shoulder. A spokesman for the designer said no one from the daily would be welcome at Lang’s show in Paris later this week.
POST-TEEN SPIRIT: Italy’s young fashion heiresses were whooping it up over the weekend. Margherita Missoni said goodbye to her teen years Friday night, throwing herself a masked ball for her 20th birthday at Rosita and Tai Missoni’s Milan apartment. Among the 80 revelers were Lady Victoria Hervey and Mario Testino. Keeping it in the family, Missoni asked her younger sister Teresa, a budding designer, to make her a fuchsia minidress. Meanwhile, Santo Versace’s daughter Francesca, celebrating her 21st birthday, opted for a party theme in tune with the runways here: the Roaring Twenties.
ITALIAN SPICE: Victoria Beckham, a.k.a. Posh Spice and the wife of soccer champ David Beckham, posed and pouted for photographers at the Dolce & Gabbana show Sunday. “David would have loved to be able to come, but he’s got a big game,” said Beckham of her fashion-plate husband, whose designer outfits regularly make headline news in the U.K. “But he made me promise to take him back a present,” she said.
STAR SEARCH: With the exception of Beckham and Fanny Ardant at Dolce & Gabbana, Milan fashion week has pretty much been a celebrity-free zone. Until today. Donatella Versace, who scored a major coup last season with Britney Spears, has switched pop camps and will welcome Spears’ rival, Christina Aguilera. Let’s hope Aguilera, who partied hard during London Fashion Week with lewd dances and generally naughty behavior, gives Milan a repeat performance.
At Giorgio Armani this afternoon, Kevin Kline, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Emilia Fox and Claudia Cardinale are expected.
NO MEMBERS ALLOWED: Flaunt magazine was one of the few titles in the U.S. that agreed to carry the controversial “Full Monty” ad for M7, Tom Ford’s first men’s fragrance for Yves Saint Laurent. Alas, its printer in Tennessee was not willing to go all the way. “Not only are they not printing it,” lamented Flaunt co-founder Long Nguyen, “they’re praying for me in church every Sunday.”
ROAD SHOW: Always up for a fashion show, Karl Lagerfeld reprised his capsule “Satellite Love” collection for Chanel in Milan on Saturday for about 150 retailers and editors, including the International Herald Tribune’s Suzy Menkes, who had missed earlier presentations in Paris and New York. The exclusive 33-piece line, to showcase the savoir-faire of Chanel-owned ateliers, is destined for select boutiques. One person who certainly wasn’t happy with the French house was Paolo Gerani, whose Iceberg show was scheduled at the same time — and siphoned off attention. Gerani promptly fired off a letter to Mario Boselli, head of Italy’s National Chamber of Fashion, saying: “We believe that Chanel’s actions could become a dangerous precedent and therefore should be taken care of immediately.”