OLD LANG SIGN: The fashion pack moved on from Milan to the first Paris season in years without a Helmut Lang collection. A Prada Group spokesman confirmed Monday that it will not show the press the fall line this week, instead taking appointments in its satellite press offices. The collection was developed by Helmut Lang’s creative team in the wake of his exit in January from his signature fashion house. Meanwhile, sources said Lang is already gearing up for his next career move. He is said to have opened an office in SoHo under the banner “HL-art” to evaluate potential projects.
WHY NOT?: He’ll always have Paris, but Yohji Yamamoto is also in a Manhattan state of mind. WWD has learned that the Japanese designer, who showed his signature collection in Paris Monday night, plans to bring the Y-3 collection, his collaboration with Adidas, to New York fashion week in September.
HIGH STAKES: Coty Beauty has the making of a great soccer team. It already recruited David Beckham for a fragrance license. And now, speculation has it that Zinedine Zidane is next to ink a deal. According to industry buzz, the French football deity (who plays with Beckham for Real Madrid) will be the face for the Adidas Men skin care line, also licensed to Coty.
RED OR DEAD: Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, who channeled actress Tilda Swinton for their collection two years ago, have a new fashion muse this season: Tori Amos. The singer is expected to walk the Viktor & Rolf runway on Wednesday — while listening to her own voice on the soundtrack, of course.
D&G’s NEW DIGS: Dolce & Gabbana has reportedly snatched up another piece of prime Milan real estate. The designers are said to be renovating an old movie house in Viale Piave, just doors down from the Sheraton Diana Majestic Hotel. The company declined to comment on project specifics, but one source said the cinema would be converted into a new runway space. Meanwhile, a local newspaper said a store and company offices were also in the works.
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STAR SEARCH: After a grim celebrity tally in Milan, Paris is looking more promising. Among stars said to be headed for the shows this week — perhaps in time for Christian Dior today — are Julianne Moore, Gwen Stefani, Diana Ross and Asia Argento.
HEADING OUT?: A year and a half into his position as chief executive officer at Sergio Rossi, it appears that Claudio Paulich will be leaving the company soon. Paulich declined to comment, but sources in Milan say that the executive will stay on for the opening of the new brand store in Japan in March, but is set to leave after that. His exit could perhaps be connected to speculation here that an American fund is looking to buy the footwear luxury goods company from Gucci Group.
CHELSEA BOARDS THE TRAIN: Turns out trade shows aren’t just for editors and retailers. Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton dropped by The Train fashion trade show in New York on Saturday to check out the work of featured artist Corno. A spokesman from The Train said Clinton and Corno apparently “share a mutual friend.” After perusing Corno’s art in the lobby, Clinton took a stroll through The Train exhibits to check out the 60-plus vendors on hand during the three-day show that kicked off the day of Clinton’s arrival.
SWEET THING: So why did Riley Keough sign on to be the face of Dior’s newest fragrance? “I love the idea of being a perfume girl,” explained the 15-year-old granddaughter of Elvis Presley at an intimate party last Thursday night inside the gold-washed room at, where else, the Soho House, hosted by Dior for its celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff. Clad in Dior, Keough said she’s especially keen on the “sweet” scent of the latest Miss Dior fragrance; its name will be announced next month. In the meantime, her fave beauty product? The lichi-rose Dior Kiss gloss.