ROBERTO’S SECRET: Could Italy’s king of sex be planning a tryst with America’s queen of the respectably kinky? Roberto Cavalli said before his men’s fall runway show in Milan Monday that he is in talks with Victoria’s Secret to design a namesake line for the innerwear company. “I would really like this project to happen, but it’s still very early,” said Cavalli, who has global sales of about $200 million a year. “I think, however, it would be a great marriage between my creativity and fantasy and [Victoria Secret’s] management capability.” Any Cavalli lingerie line is likely to be his all-out signature. After all, as the designer told WWD in November: “From me, people want excess.”
IVANA JUST DO IT: Nike’s spring television campaign will feature more than just athletes. Word has it a 30-second-spot bowing this month will star none other than Ivana Trump and her daughter, Ivanka.
PATEL TO BERGDORF’S?: Roopal Patel might be returning to Bergdorf Goodman as women’s fashion director. That post has been vacant since the September 2001 departure of James Aguiar. He went to Nina Ricci. Patel spent three years at Bergdorf’s in the Nineties, and most recently, has consulted on projects for Style.com, Club Monaco and Peter Som.
Sources said Patel would report to Robert Burke, vice president and senior fashion director. Burke and Ron Frasch, chairman and ceo of Bergdorf’s, were unavailable. Patel had no comment.
MOVING TO MONTANA: The house of Claude Montana is fortifying its studio after the exit of designer Stephane Parmentier after one season. Catherine Brickhill, a former assistant of Alexander McQueen who has also worked for Plein Sud, has joined Montana’s team. Claude Montana remains creative consultant to the house, which entrepreneur Laurent Layani purchased two years ago.