SECOND TO NONE: It looks like Yohji Yamamoto will not be allowed to show his Y’s secondary line on the official calendar of Paris Fashion Week, Oct. 3 to 12. Sources said he is likely to show off-schedule on the evening of Oct. 2, with Martin Margiela also joining Yamamoto on what had previously been designated as a travel day after Milan Fashion Week, which winds up the night of Oct. 1 with Versace. A commission advising Chambre Syndicale president Didier Grumbach on the Y’s question will recommend Grumbach not to allow diffusion lines on the official calendar, as has been its longstanding policy. Indeed, Paris has even urged Milan to weed secondary lines out to shorten the European season. As reported, Yamamoto considers his Y’s line ready-to-wear with his top Yohji Yamamoto collection in the spirit of couture, which is why he began showing it on that timetable. Meanwhile, designers are jockeying for time slots early in the Paris week, fearing most major editors will likely bolt on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
RALPH TAKES EUROPE: Ralph Lauren has landed on the July 29 cover of Time Europe, one of the few covers ever to feature fashion personalities. (Others have included Giorgio Armani and the Gucci team of Tom Ford and Domenico de Sole. “They interviewed [Ralph] while he was in Milan for the men’s shows,” said a Polo spokesman. “It was practically the only time he turned his attention away from the collections.” The cover story, “Ralph’s European Invasion” is written by Lauren Goldstein, runs six pages and speculates on whether Lauren’s expansion in Europe might get Wall Street to take Polo more seriously. “[Europeans] understand my clothes more than Americans,” Lauren asserts in the article. “They’re hungry for it. Armani and Zegna? They don’t look like me.”
AND…CUT!: Renée Zellweger, currently shooting “Down With Love in Los Angeles” with Ewan McGregor in Los Angeles, is one determined girl. In the film, she plays a stylish Sixties feminist who dresses like Doris Day, wearing flipped wigs throughout and the occasional beehive. But a few weeks ago, Zellweger decided it was time to hack off her own shoulder-length locks. Before anyone could talk her out of it, she sneaked into the makeup trailer, grabbed scissors and snipped her way into a self-styled chin length bob. Talk about low maintenance.
GOOD INVESTMENT: Who said there’s a slowdown in luxury products? According to a MaxMara spokeswoman, a shearling patchwork vest with rabbit fur lining sold out of the 14 MaxMara boutiques in the U.S. after a photograph appeared in the August Vogue. The vest retails for $3,500.
“We bought 35 of them, and they sold out to the piece,” said the spokeswoman. She said they all pre-sold and will arrive next week. Because of the strong reaction, MaxMara reordered them. “A new shipment will arrive in late September,” she said.