MODEL CHECK: Her comeback is complete. Kate Moss surprised the fashion flock in Milan by walking the runway for Burberry on Tuesday night. It was her first turn on a catwalk in more than two years. Moss’ agency, IMG, confirmed it’s the only show she’ll do this fashion season. Not that she’ll skip fashion week in Paris entirely. Word has it she’s hosting a party there Oct. 11, along with Stella McCartney, for Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, who’s performing in Paris on that day.



SQUARED DANCE: All of fashion’s heavyweights trekked out to an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of Milan for the DSquared show Tuesday night, including Vogue’s Anna Wintour. But there weren’t any LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton executives around to further incite rumors that twins Dan and Dean Caten were in talks to take over the design reins at Celine. Meanwhile, Renzo Rosso, DSquared’s current licensee and head of Diesel, sat front row and waxed poetic about the rumors that the design duo was considering a moonlighting gig. “When there’s a great soccer player, everyone wants him,” Rosso said. “It would surprise me if there wasn’t interest.”



FACE TIME: What do Giorgio Armani, Donatella Versace and smiley faces have in common? You can find them all adorning T-shirts this season. At his show Tuesday, Armani sent out one model in an ensemble with a T-shirt underneath showing an image of the designer. Meanwhile, Versace just issued a limited-edition Donatella T-shirt to commemorate the openings of new Versace stores in Japan and Singapore. The Versace shirt is available at all Versace stores in the Far East and a spokesman for the house said that the 1,000 Ts have practically sold out. And a few lucky customers even scooped up versions autographed by the designer herself.



EXISTENTIAL MOMENT: Despite the fact that the pair have three shows on the Milan calendar this week, starting with Tuesday’s outing for D&G, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana seem to be rethinking the fashion circus. “The runway shows are fluff,” Dolce told La Repubblica newspaper in a recent interview. “The products, the ones women will find in the stores and we hope they will buy, have already been sold at least two months beforehand.” Runway antics account for a relatively small slice of sales, he says. “It’s not those exaggerated pieces that make up our business. At the most, they account for 20 percent because there are always a few ladies in Italy or Japan or Lithuania who want to put themselves on display, and we accommodate them.”

DESIGNER HOTLINE: Anna Wintour isn’t the only one trying to give young designers wings. A week after the Vogue editor said the magazine and the Council of Fashion Designers of America would establish a fund to help young designers, it has been learned that Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë and the French Ready-to-Wear Federation on Oct. 3 will hold a joint news conference to announce a new initiative to get fledgling designers off the ground. Apart from grants and managerial assistance, the plan also calls for a toll-free number that designers can call for immediate assistance. Eymeric François, Etsuko Yamada, Laure Vatoreck, Ken Okada and Anne-Valerie Hash will be the first designers to get a helping hand, a spokeswoman said.



BLOW BY BLOW: So, what’s Isabella Blow, coat hanger for the avant-garde, wearing this season in Milan? It’s Giorgio Armani…can you believe it? The Tatler fashion editor said Tuesday night, front row at Burberry, “But it’s a sort of porn version of Armani,” pointing out that she was wearing a Worth corset under her black jacket and “black knickers with a green heart emblazoned in the front.” That last detail she didn’t have to explain. Did we forget to mention that the lace Armani skirt was see-through?

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