PLATINUM GIFTS: At a Badgley Mischka Platinum Sportswear launch party at Saks Fifth Avenue last week, the models did their jobs showing off spring styles. But even more impressive were the many socialites wearing the latest looks. Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Gillian Hearst-Shaw, Tinsley Mortimer, Jennifer Creel, Muffie PotterAston and the rest of the gang were rewarded for their informal modeling. The designers are letting each of them select whatever strikes her fancy from the new collection as a freebie. Cuomo was among the attendees who took advantage of Saks' extended store hours, pausing to check out the ballet flats en route to the party.
GET KNOTTED: Jean-Paul Knott is the latest designer to have been tapped by revived Italian house Cerruti, following Nicolas Andreas Taralis' appointment as the house's creative director in August. Knott, formerly at Louis Féraud, will head up the brand's men's and women's diffusion line, 1881, named after the Cerruti family's founding textiles business. "The line will embody elegance, simplicity and refinement in harmony with [Taralis'] vision," said Knott.
DOHERTY TO EXIT BURBERRY: Pat Doherty, Burberry's senior vice president, marketing worldwide, plans to leave her post later this year, according to industry sources. Doherty has been with the company since March 2000 and was a close colleague of Rose Marie Bravo, who stepped down as chief executive last summer. Prior to joining Burberry, Doherty served as vice president, marketing/creative, for Saks Fifth Avenue from 1992 to 2000, and as managing editor of
J. Crew between 1983 and 1992. She began her career at Vogue. A source close to Doherty said she is not leaving to join another company, she's simply ready to move on. Doherty was traveling Wednesday and could not be reached for comment. A Burberry spokeswoman declined comment. Doherty's departure follows that of another longtime Bravo colleague, Stanley Tucker, the brand's senior vice president of men's wear worldwide, who left the company in September.
THE HEIRESS: Rumors are flying — not for the first time — that Inditex founder and chairman Amancio Ortega, 71, is getting ready to hand over the reins to his 23-year-old daughter, Marta Ortega Pérez. She is an economics graduate, an accomplished equestrian and almost as socially shy as her father. A spokesman for the world's second-largest apparel retailer, whose chains include Zara, declined comment except to say: "The information did not come from our office. We don't have anything to say. Logically [as Ortega's daughter], she'll have a role, but so far she isn't involved in the company. As for her coming on board, there's nothing new to report."
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"