KIDMAN AND AMENABAR TOGETHER AGAIN: El Corte Inglés can’t seem to get enough of Hollywood. First Sharon Stone, then Gwyneth Paltrow, and now Nicole Kidman. The Spanish department store’s newest star will promote the fall women’s line. Kidman is known in Spain for her spooky thriller “The Others,” which was shot in the northern part of the country and directed by Alejandro Amenábar. Amenábar directed the Corte Inglés campaign, which was filmed in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, specifically the Greystone mansion built in 1927 by Edward Doheny. “The house has the same dreamy mood as ‘The Others,’” said a spokeswoman for the retail chain in Madrid, “and no doubt about it, there is a special chemistry between Amenábar and Kidman.” The TV campaign breaks Sept. 13. The fall promotion will also include in-store visuals of the Aussie actress blanketing major El Corte Inglés outlets throughout Spain and in Portugal, where a Lisbon unit opened last year.
TODD’S A FAN, TOO: Chicago fashionistas weren’t the only ones swooning over Wayne Newton, who hosted Marshall Field’s recent Glamorama fashion event. Designer Todd Oldham’s a fan as well. Oldham named Newton his favorite part of the Las Vegas-themed extravaganza, which attracted more than 2,500 people. “We’ve all grown up with Wayne,” Oldham said. “He’s so nice — he autographed my backpack.”
FAIRCLOTH’S NEW ROLE: Donna Faircloth, who was acting director of communications for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, has become vice president of communications at the John Varvatos division of Nautica. She reports to John Varvatos, president. Faircloth succeeds Guillermo Zalamea, who joined HL Group as managing director. Prior to the CFDA, Faircloth was director of U.S. communications for Yves Saint Laurent, and before that held a similar post at Dolce & Gabbana. Peter Arnold, executive director of the CFDA, said its public relations duties will be handled by LaForce and Stevens.
GO FIGURE: With a name like Fumanskeeto, who would guess there’s another firm out there with the same name? But apparently, there’s another with the name Fuman, said a company spokesman, “so there are some trademark issues going on.” As a result, the two-year-old, Los Angeles-based company, which is owned by ‘NSync’s Chris Kirkpatrick, has put things on indefinite hold and halted its fall deliveries of men’s and junior sportswear. But Kirkpatrick won’t be bored — Fumanskeeto also runs a music and film production division, which he’ll focus on while the band is on break.
WATCHING RODRIGUEZ: Designer David Rodriguez has teamed up with Piaget to present his spring collection at the Swiss jeweler’s Fifth Avenue boutique on Sept. 17. The fashion show will also mark the launch of Piaget’s new pearl, white gold and diamond jewelry collection called Pearlissima. Piaget was looking to expand its presence during fashion week, and Rodriguez said he was looking for a partner to support the cost of staging a runway show.
“We had heard Piaget was looking for an opportunity to get involved in fashion week,” said Rodriguez. “Our customers are incredibly affluent and we thought that we shared the same consumer. It all just seemed like a natural fit.”