RISE AND SHINE: Another famous European footwear brand is stepping forward for a polish. WWD has learned that Bruno Magli has tapped Irish-born, Paris-based designer Sharon Wauchob to revamp its shoes, handbags and belts — and perhaps even develop some leatherwear. Wauchob, 32, is expected to present her first complete Magli collection in a few months for fall 2004 retailing. She will also continue to present her three-year-old signature label on the runway in Paris. Opera, the Bulgari-backed investment fund, bought a controlling stake in Bologna, Italy-based Magli in 2001 with a view to buffing the 67-year-old brand.
HAIR APPARENT: In Paris, there’s much ado about hairdos — thanks to Odile Gilbert. The celebrated French coiffeuse is putting the finishing touches on “Her Style: Hair by Odile Gilbert,” a coffee table book featuring images spanning her almost 20-year career in fashion. A sneak peak at the tome, due out in October, reveals photographs by Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight and Annie Leibovitz, among others. Odes to Odile penned by friends, from Christian Lacroix and John Galliano, are also sprinkled throughout. The 296-page hardback is published by 7L Steidl, the printing house Karl Lagerfeld set up with German art publisher Gerhard Steidl. Ever the multitasker, Lagerfeld not only published the book — he wrote the foreword and lensed some of its images.
MILAN RIP-OFF: Some fashion victims are taking advantage of a deserted Milan to apply the five-finger discount to their favorite labels. Over the weekend, a troupe of thieves entered the Dolce & Gabbana men’s store on Corso Venezia and made off with about 50 items valued at about $55,760, or 50,000 euros. Police say the thieves came through the roof and shimmied down into the courtyard where they dug a hole to enter the store. The alarm rang, alerting a private security service to the scene, but police claim that the guards limited their survey to the exterior of the building, allowing the thieves to escape with the loot.
This story first appeared in the August 20, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Just days earlier, thieves crashed a car into Prada’s Sant’ Andrea storefront window and made off with a few items before fleeing the premises. Investigations are ongoing.
August break-ins are common in Milan, since residents head to the beach and many stores and offices close for the month.
GOOD THERAPY: Sipping a cappuccino while lying on a silk-covered bed beneath the setting sun might be a bit out of the ordinary at Los Angeles cafes. But the TheraPlay Café, which opened last month in West Hollywood, is shaping up to be not just an antidote to pretentious bars and restaurants, but one of the city’s hot new party venues as well.
Founded by fashion publicist Samantha Martin, the cafe, close to the intersection of trendy Robertson and Beverly Boulevards, features a 3,000-square-foot patio garden filled with koi ponds, bamboo screens and stone statues. In the kid-friendly interior, visitors can paint, do yoga, shop for books and art supplies.?Or throw a party: Barbara Lazaroff, estranged wife of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, recently celebrated her 50th birthday there.