SAVILE KNOWS:Does Givenchy have its eye on British men ’s wear designer Ozwald teng one of the most colorful tailors on Savile Row? “I ’m being courted.We ’ve had discussions,” Boateng said,,declining to elaborate.A Givenchy spokesman was adamant that there are no openings in its men ’s department. Could Boateng be a ladies ’ man, then? As reported,he ’s launching a women ’s “bespoke ” perfume this spring,and he didn ’t rule out a signature women ’s wear launch in the near future.
SAILING FROM NINA:The new president of Nina Ricci ’s fashion house,Paul Deneve ,doesn ’t arrive on the job until May.But already, changes are looming in the creative department.Sources said creative director James Aguiar ,who joined the house from Bergdorf Goodman in 2001,will exit next month after showing Ricci ’s fall 2003 collection.He could not be reached for comment.
KA-CHING,KA-CHING:The Harper ’s Bazaar editors clearly have their eye on the bottom line.The editors are being chauffered around this week by Glenda Bailey ’s driver in an SUV. “Glenda has this SUV and all the editors pile into the Suburban,” said one passenger.
BABY DIOR:Victoire de Castellane , who designs Christian Dior ’s fine jewelry,has a precious new gem, weighing in at 7 pounds,8 ounces, not carats.Her daughter ’s name is Zoe and she was born Tuesday morning in Paris.Castellane already has three sons:twins age 7,and a five-year-old.
WORKING RETIREMENT?:Could Kenzo Takada return to Kenzo? Sources in Paris say it ’s a possibility now that time seems to be running out for its current women ’s wear designer,Gilles Rosie r.As reported, Kenzo will skip the runway during Paris fashion week.Reached Wednesday,Takada said the LVMH- owned house has contacted him, but he ’s still reflecting.”Obviously, the future of the house means a lot to me,” he said..Takada retired three years ago,but launched a mini-comeback in 2002 with a lifestyle brand called Yume,whose first project was a line of clothes and home items sold via French catalog La Redoute.But that joint venture with LVMH has already hit a snag.Takada said he recently discovered that Yume was a registered trademark in France. “We ’re struggling to find another name,” he said..”Even my last name,Takada,is already registered.” In any case,,Takada said he plans to present a small ready-to-wear collection sometime this year under a yet-to-be-determined moniker.
VIONNET WALTZ:It looks like Madeleine Vionnet is the next famous Paris name name to get a dusting off,thanks to Kuwaiti retailer Majed Al-Sabah of Villa Moda.He ’s struck a deal with the Vionnet family in Paris to develop a capsule clothing collection,the first slated to be unveiled during the July couture in Paris.Al-Sabah has tapped Italian designer Maurizio Pecararo to interpret the rich heritage of Vionnet,who was famous for her artistic and technical brilliance in cutting.”It’s a shame not to remember Madeleine Vionnet,” he said.”She was a master,and nobody ’s doing really feminine collections.” At present, Vionnet operates a store in Paris nd sells mostly
THE ISAAC SHOW Isaac Mizrahi has been following around the young designers whose shows are being backed this season by the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation,and he turned up front row to see the Proenza Schouler show on Wednesday,but the fancy setting at the National Arts Club didn ’t ring any bells.”I have no memory of my first show,”Mizrahi said.”It was a traumatic experience.It was a day of war.This is so much nicer.”