MICKEY’S MEANDERINGS: Is Mickey in the building? Sightings of former Gap Inc. chief executive Millard (Mickey) Drexler, or at least rumblings of the same, are on the increase. In addition to previous reports placing him in discussions with Levi Strauss & Co. (which, like Gap, is based in San Francisco) and J. Crew (which, like Gap, is a specialty retailer), the merchandising wiz, unencumbered by non-competition concerns, has more recently been placed in New York checking out area stores, with apparent keen interest in Aeropostale and Polo’s Club Monaco unit, and in Minnesota, where Wilsons The Leather Experts was reportedly among his destinations. His office in San Francisco said he was traveling and wasn’t prepared to comment on what’s growing into a deluge of Drexler speculation.
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THE ROYAL TREATMENT: Princess Caroline’s cousin, Albina du Boisrouvray, who auctioned off roughly two-thirds of her inheritance to become an AIDS activist, was the guest of honor at a dinner Monday night at Bond Street. Earlier, Ahmet and Mica Ertegun, Murray Moss, Henry Buhl, Christopher Mason, Jessica and Judnesson Torkil and Massimo and Lelia Vignelli were among the fans who dropped by the Staley Wise gallery to check out a one-day show featuring snapshots of AIDS orphans she has helped in 17 countries. The exhibition benefited Albina’s Action for Orphans, du Boisrouvray’s nonprofit group. Not surprising, politics was a hot topic at the dinner hosted by John Demsey. Guests like Leslie Jane Seymour, Roxanne Lewit, Juergen Fischer, Rados Protic, Michele Oka Doner and her husband, Fred, got an earful.
HIGH FASHION: Christian Lacroix, who recently became creative director of Pucci, now has another jet-set design assignment. Air France chose the celebrated couturier to create new uniforms for some 35,000 employees. They will be unveiled next summer, but won’t be airborne until 2005. Designed to last for 10 years, the navy Lacroix design comprises interchangeable items, including swingy wrap skirts, trousers and a trompe l’oeil scarf.