Fashion Scoops: Scandal, Italian-style… Back To School… Valentino’s New Line…
Diego Della Valle is in the public eye again and it's not for the latest must-have pebble loafer. After last year's soccer scandal that involved his team, Fiorentina, the Italian entrepreneur on Monday was questioned by prosecutor Henry John Woodcock.
SCANDAL, ITALIAN-STYLE: Diego Della Valle is in the public eye again and it's not for the latest must-have pebble loafer. After last year's soccer scandal that involved his team, Fiorentina, the Italian entrepreneur on Monday was questioned by prosecutor Henry John Woodcock in relation to what the Italians have dubbed vallettopoli, or starlet-gate.
The scandal involves a well-known photo agency and its owner, Fabrizio Corona, who is accused of having extorted money from Italian celebrities, starlets, businessmen and a top-league politician by convincing them to buy compromising images that would have otherwise been fodder for tabloids and gossip magazines. Other names mentioned in the case include Barbara Berlusconi, wife of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, and actor Raoul Bova.
According to Italian press reports, Della Valle paid about 50,000 euros, or $66,000, for 22 paparazzi images from last summer depicting him and a small group of friends onboard his boat near Capri. A Tod's SpA statement said no one has ever attempted any form of extortion or blackmail toward Della Valle since there was no basis for such behavior and that Della Valle has never had any relationship with Corona, whom he doesn't know. Della Valle said he is bitter about having received unjustified and unfair media pressure over the affair, which didn't consider the damage the attention would do to his reputation.SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: French actress Emmanuelle Seigner continues to play a starring role in fashion. Over the weekend in Miami, she posed for the forthcoming fall-winter campaign for Celine. Shot by Bruce Weber, the ads also will feature model Bette Franke and two male faces. The multitalented Seigner, who has a role in Julian Schnabel's upcoming "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," is also flexing her muscles as a singer. Her new album, in collaboration with rock group Ultra Orange, came out in France on Monday.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Giorgio Armani has snagged yet another diploma to adorn his mantle. Just six months after receiving a doctorate from University of the Arts London, Armani has taken home an honorary degree in industrial design from the Politecnico di Milano. On Monday, Politecnico university students packed into a lecture hall to get a glimpse of their hero in a mortarboard and robe. Armani entered the room to a standing ovation and chorus of bravos. In return, he offered up a brief acceptance speech extolling the virtues of democratic fashion and determination. The students seemed impressed. "Considering all the other people they give these degrees to, [Armani] really deserves it," said Francesco Picconi, a 22-year-old studying graphic design. After the proceedings, Armani continued to dispense his advice for fashion's next generation. "A collection can be destroyed by the press, but if you believe it, keep at it," he offered. Along with his scroll, Armani will cherish another souvenir from the occasion: the university's standard-issue blue-striped necktie he was instructed to wear for the ceremony. "I'm speechless," he laughed. "But it's cute. I'll keep it."
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