MAJED’S NEW RETAIL PALACE: There’s just no stopping the Kuwaiti prince and retailer Majed Al-Sabah, the force behind the luxury brands emporium Villa Moda in Kuwait City. Al-Sabah said Tuesday the opening of a second Villa Moda — in Dubai — is on track for September. The 32,400-square-foot Dubai store will carry many of the same brands as its sister unit, including Gucci, Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana. Al-Sabah, who spoke Tuesday at The Luxury Briefing Seminar held at London’s One Aldwych, said it’s time to bring Villa Moda to Europe. “The whole concept of shutting stores at 7:30 p.m. is a crime against luxury shoppers,” he said. “Europeans need a destination where they can shop, eat and read until midnight.” On the sidelines of the conference, Al-Sabah told WWD he was taking steps to make sure that his dream would come true. “I’m meeting with real estate developers this week in London,” he said with a smile.

MARZOTTO’S NEW LABEL: Next week, Marzotto plans to disclose details about the launch of a new line by Stephan Janson it will produce. Sources familiar with the agreement said Marzotto did not buy the Janson business, and the line will be called Stephan di Stephan Janson. The French-born, Milan-based Janson is known for his intellectual collections for men and women and his passion for knitwear and chic-sporty looks. Janson has worked at Kenzo, Diane Von Furstenberg and Pucci. The designer, who is in his 40s, is well known among Milanese society and often asks his patrician friends to model for him. Could he eventually be a Valentino protégé? It’s no secret Marzotto, which owns Valentino, is renegotiating its contract with the Rome-based designer. However, an industry source believes this is a way for Marzotto to look into women’s wear now that the licenses with Gianfranco Ferré have expired. “Marzotto wants to maintain business relationships built over the years with retailers,” said the source. “Apart from Valentino, it doesn’t have much to offer in terms of women’s wear, so this may be a solution.”A RUSH FOR ROCHAS: Talk about resuscitating a label. That’s what Belgian design Olivier Theyskens apparently is doing with Rochas. Lauded by critics for his premiere collection for the French label, Theyskens popped into town last week to host his first U.S. trunk show for it at Barneys New York. “I wanted to see the clients and how they perceive fashion,” he said.

Clearly, they perceived his fashion well. The Barneys trunk show garnered close to $200,000 with fashion devotees like Chloë Sevigny and Patricia Field stopping in for one-on-one’s with the designer and a private fashion show.

“Olivier is asking people to look at something totally different. The proportions are a little shocking, but the customers are responding very well,” said Judy Collinson, executive vice president and general merchandise manager at Barneys. Yet it was Theyskens’ tweaked silhouettes, which included shrunken bolero jackets and feminine detailing, that caught the eye of Barneys vice president and fashion director Julie Gilhart.

“I loved the fact that it was so couture in spirit, so young, yet with Olivier’s edge,” she said. “He really changed the idea about the shape that clothes should be.”

CELEBRITY GARAGE SALE: Stalker alert. Anyone obsessed with Isabella Rossellini can now own her bed. Yes, the actress-model is donating twin iron frames from her home to the Hampton Designer Showhouse’s celebrity auction on July 12, sponsored by House & Garden. Proceeds will benefit Southampton Hospital. Other boldfaced names forking over personal items include Susan Sarandon, who’s giving an autographed plate; Lauren Bush, who’s donating a patriotic needlepoint pillow from the family home in Texas, and Donna Karan, who is donating one of her cashmere throws.

NIGHT HAWKS: Chalk it up to a humdrum economy. Paris retailers are pulling out all the stops to generate excitement — and traffic — for the twice-a-year sale season, which kicks off nationwide on Wednesday. Morgan, the French fast-fashion chain, promises to open its Champs-Elysées flagship at midnight tonight and serve champagne to shoppers all night long. Meanwhile, it has hooked up with a nearby nightclub, the Etoile, and is offering back-and-forth limousine service for restless shoppers. Longchamp, the accessories firm, also has lined up car service for overloaded clients on Wednesday. And department store Galeries Lafayette has asked novelist Anna Gavalda to pen a short guide to weathering the crowds during an intense period. Her recommendations include leaving the husband at home and wearing tennis shoes. Meanwhile, for women who just can’t leave their stilettos behind, the store will offer foot massages.

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