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LADIES NIGHT: It looks like LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton might have a woman in mind to become the next designer of Celine. According to sources, the French house has recently been in touch with a bevy of designing women, including Azzaro’s Vanessa Seward, former Gucci girl Alessandra Facchinetti, Veronique Branquinho and Tara Subkoff of Imitation of Christ. Last month, the house parted ways with Roberto Menichetti and said it hoped to name a successor shortly. On Monday, a Celine spokesman declined to comment on its list of potential candidates but acknowledged, “There are plenty of rumors.”
MARC TO VEGAS: They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Come the fall, visitors to Sin City can take the motto to heart when they leave their hard-gambled cash at Marc Jacobs tills. The designer, who opened boutiques on Melrose Place in Los Angeles and Bal Harbour Shops in South Florida earlier this year, is adding a store in Las Vegas. The 1,500-square-foot boutique is scheduled to open at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in November, said Jacobs’ president Robert Duffy. “In the Las Vegas store, it will be mostly accessories though, since we sell a lot of handbags and shoes there through other stores,” Duffy said.
REMEMBER WHEN: Max Mara is poised to announce its first retrospective at a dinner tonight at Berlin’s Markischen Museums. The retrospective of clothes, photos and sketches will mark Max Mara’s 55th anniversary and will kick off in October 2006 at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The exhibit will then travel around the world.
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORS: Hampton fixtures like Kelly Bensimon, Russell Simmons, Susan and Michael Sokol and Bettina Zilkha helped J. Crew celebrate its new summer address last Friday night at a cocktail party hosted by president Jeff Pfeifle. Guests sipped Madra cocktails as they eyed the merchandise at the tiny J. Crew-at-the-beach at 46 Main Street in East Hampton. In the spirit of exclusivity, the new outlet doesn’t come without its perks. Monogram service is available for everything from shirts to swimsuits and the store stocks houseguest survival kits, including monogrammed beach bags and flip-flops. But do Hamptonites really want to encourage unexpected houseguests?
This story first appeared in the June 14, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.