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Fashion Scoops: Kokosalaki to Fendi? … In-Dentured Servitude … Phat Chance

KOKOSALAKI TO FENDI?: Sources in London say Sophia Kokosalaki might be headed for Fendi. A spokeswoman for the designer denied the rumor Thursday, and Fendi’s offices in Milan were closed for a national holiday. The British designer, who has a...

KOKOSALAKI TO FENDI?: Sources in London say Sophia Kokosalaki might be headed for Fendi. A spokeswoman for the designer denied the rumor Thursday, and Fendi’s offices in Milan were closed for a national holiday. The British designer, who has a collection under her own name, had a stint as guest designer at Ruffo Research, and speculation was mounting last year that she was a candidate to succeed Narciso Rodriguez at Loewe.

IN-DENTURED SERVITUDE: Could footwear magnate Steve Madden’s substance abuse issues be haunting him? Or is he avoiding the John Gotti family complaint that prison dental treatment is subpar? Manhattan federal district court Judge Kimba Wood has approved Sept. 18 as the new surrender date for Madden at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. As reported, Madden was seeking a delay for medical treatment. According to court papers, Madden is getting caps and crowns, as well as fillings for cavities. He also will be getting root canal, plus implants after two teeth are extracted. That’s not all: Madden will be receiving surgery to correct a deviated septum. Also on the agenda is treatment to “calm the visible effects” of rosacea.

PHAT CHANCE: In a major advertising push for Baby Phat, Kimora Lee Simmons placed her fall ad on a billboard on 10th Avenue at 18th Street in Manhattan. The ad, which features model Devon Aoki wearing a kimono top with jeans, is causing quite a stir. According to Michelle Perez, marketing director for Baby Phat, the owners of the restaurant across the street, The Park, want the billboard removed.

“Devon Aoki is an adult, a professional model and a friend,” Simmons told WWD. “Baby Phat is not selling sex, we are selling clothes. And while our clothes are admittedly sexy, the notion that we are selling child pornography is absurd. We are very proud of our ad and stand behind it 100 percent.” No one at The Park could be reached for comment.

This story first appeared in the August 16, 2002 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.