OUT OF THE PINK: François Steiner is leaving shirtmaker Thomas Pink to take over as president at Kenzo fashion house, according to sources in Paris. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which owns Pink and Kenzo, is expected to announce the appointment this week. Steiner would replace Vincent Huguenin, who joined Kenzo a little more than a year ago from Petit Bateau, the children’s wear and T-shirt firm. Next season, Kenzo welcomes Antonio Marras as its new women’s wear designer.
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BORN AGAIN: It seems achieving inner peace about your inherited billions takes time…and sequels. Jamie Johnson, the fourth-generation Johnson & Johnson heir who directed last month’s HBO documentary “Born Rich” about the travails of young scions, is already planning a follow-up. His uncle and producer, writer Dirk Wittenborn (“I married into the family,” he said) moderated a panel at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute Monday night discussing the knotty issue of “What is Hip?” with Vice magazine co-founder Gavin McInnes and Russell Simmons’ brother Danny, among others. At dinner afterward, Wittenborn hinted that, for their next trick, he and Johnson will stage and film an offshore retreat for the young, super-rich at which participants could indulge in group therapy.
“It’ll be filmed in a short period and make ‘Born Rich’ seem like a nightlight,” Wittenborn said. “If that was ‘Introduction to the Rich 101,’ this will be a graduate course in the subject.”
The first film cost less than $500,000 to make and inspired one of its subjects to unsuccessfully sue Johnson in hope of preventing its broadcast. One can only imagine (and Wittenborn obviously has, with relish) what lawsuits might blossom from trapping the likes of Ivanka Trump and Georgina Bloomberg on a tropical island, “Survivor”-style.
TAKING TENHAKEN: After running through supermodels Amber Valletta and Linda Evangelista and pop icon Christina Aguilera, Versace has turned to the hot new model Rianne Tenhaken for its spring 2004 fashion and beauty campaigns. A revelation on the Milan runways last month, Rianne was photographed by Steven Meisel at a luxe Long Island mansion, which once belonged to the retailing tycoon Woolworth family. Styled by Brana Wolf, the campaign focused on Versace’s prints designs. The house tapped Guido Palau for hair and Pat McGrath for makeup.
Meanwhile, Versus by Versace has been commissioned to create ultra-sexy “uniforms” for the soon-to-open One restaurant-lounge at 1 Little West 12th Street in New York’s Meatpacking District. The female bartenders and servers will wear tight, little black dresses with high necks and cut-out shoulders, while the male staff will wear Versus’ black tailored button-down shirts with French cuffs. Co-owner Erica Cohen, who previously worked at Versace, said, “The space is so sexy, and that whole sexy vibe is synonymous with the collection.”
Occupying 6,000 square feet on two levels, One will serve “a globally inspired tasting menu,” ranging from a caviar bar to fondue. A grand-opening party is slated for Dec. 2.