Fashion Scoops: No Sweat…Catwalk Girls…The Boss…Hot For Thalia
NO SWEAT: How’s Karl Lagerfeld kept his cool during the heat wave in France? By working, of course. Don’t feel too sorry for him, though — he’s been underground, in the massive library he’s constructed under...
NO SWEAT: How’s Karl Lagerfeld kept his cool during the heat wave in France? By working, of course. Don’t feel too sorry for him, though — he’s been underground, in the massive library he’s constructed under the tennis court at his house in Biarritz. Lagerfeld and a team of five movers worked for 10 days to unpack 2,700 boxes of books, weighing about 75 tons, and arrange them over 3 miles of shelves. “It’s fun, but hard physical work,” he says. “But it was air-conditioned [70 degrees], so it was easy.” But the climate-controlled space isn’t only for Lagerfeld’s benefit. He said even the shelves are special “to keep the books fresh and dry.”
CATWALK GIRLS: Cindy Crawford and Amber Valletta strutted like the pros they are at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday for the Runway for Life fashion show, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital — but it was Calista Flockhart and Jennifer Aniston who razzle-dazzled ’em in two sexy black dresses by Studio City, Calif. store owner/designer Robert Ellis. Flockhart admitted her first runway walk was nerve-wracking, but she had a plan: “Somebody told me to just look really angry.” With Harrison Ford stuck babysitting at home, the newly-shorn Flockhart shimmied into the arms of another man onstage, model Tyson Beckford. Aniston didn’t have her man Brad Pitt present either, but she found partners on the runway, holding hands with her “Friends” mom Marlo Thomas for her first walk and Ray Romano for the second. Aniston, every bit the heartbreaker, threw roses into the audience as she turned on her heel. Jennifer Love Hewitt, who also strutted her stuff with a new short ’do and an even shorter strapless black Ellis dress, credits her walk to watching the Fashion Network all day: “OK, Gisele, channel me,” she yelled.
THE BOSS: After a lengthy renovation, Hugo Boss’ Rodeo Drive outpost is finally ready to reopen and the company has called on actress Rosanna Arquette to spin on Sept. 4 for the opening night bash. For entertainment, Boss booked a performance by Boomkat, the brother-sister act of Kellin and Taryn Manning, the sister being a star of such recent films as “8 Mile” and “Crossroads.” And if there were any crowd-control issues, the company enlisted as hosts Michael Chicklis and the cast of FX’s cop show “The Shield” to act like they’re keeping the peace.HOT FOR THALÍA: What does it take to snap consumers out of austerity and ennui? Pop star Thalía’s line of apparel, accessories and home goods, for one thing. The collection has been producing sell-throughs averaging 20 percent at the 335 Kmart stores it bowed in earlier this month, revealed Mike Lewis, Kmart’s divisional vice president of women’s. At Kmart’s midtown Manhattan store — long one of the 1,512-unit chain’s best performers — sell-throughs on Thalía merchandise have ranged as high as 50 percent. The upshot? Though initially aimed at the burgeoning Hispanic market, Kmart’s proprietary Thalía line is building a broader appeal — and is likely to roll out chainwide, rather than staying focused in trading areas with a strong Hispanic customer presence.