SOUTHERN BELLES: The South may never be the same again.
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Miuccia Prada plans to accompany André Leon Talley to Savannah, Ga., on Saturday to accept the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award at the Savannah College of Art and Design, the third annual such presentation at the school. (Oscar de la Renta went in 2001, and Karl Lagerfeld was honored last year, but could not attend.)
Talley, who sits on the college board, said Prada was selected this year “because of her extraordinary ability to define the season,” he said. “Her collection last March defined the season for Milan and Paris.”
He did not seem concerned that Prada might seem a bit out of place in Savannah, and plans to take her to dinner at The Lady & Sons downtown, which offers a nightly buffet of such specialties as collard greens, creamed corn, cheese biscuits and something called “The Best Fried Chicken You’ve Ever Eaten,” according to its Web site.
“She loves to go to new cities and see cities in America she’s never seen,” Talley said. “I think she will respond to the inherent architecture and landscape of Georgia. She will respond to the novelty of it, and I hope she will respond to the food.”
BROADWAY BOUND: Chaiken designer Jeff Mahshie will dress Julianna Margulies for the Broadway debut of “Intrigue with Faye,” which begins previews tonight. Mahshie worked with Fabio Toblini, the costume director, to create an entire wardrobe for the run, which officially premieres on June 11. “As a Chaiken client, Julianna felt that this character’s chic urban sensibility was a perfect match for our collection,” Mahshie said.
GUCCI GOODS: Gucci’s recent fall trunk shows at its stores in New York and Beverly Hills showed a strong forecast for the collection, totalling more than $2.9 million in sales.
At its New York event, April 25 to 26, the store booked $1.8 million in orders, while customers ordered $1.2 million in Beverly Hills at an event May 9-10, said a spokeswoman.
Among the bestsellers, Gucci sold 30 white double-face coats with duchess satin inserts at $3,180, 27 ink nylon taffeta jackets with corset belts at $1,710, 24 ebony tricotine stretch jackets for $2,165, 26 black silk twill skirts for $1,245 and 28 ink stretch viscose leggings for $935.
AFTER CANNES: Missoni is pulling off its own Rainbow Tour. After targeting the Cannes set, the firm will sponsor the Life Ball 2003 in Vienna to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, with a fashion show covering its past 50 years. To complete the theme, the runway will be shaped like a red ribbon, the fight against AIDS symbol, and will feature catwalk appearances by Pat Cleveland, Anna Piaggi, Alek Wek, Jodie Kidd, Mario Testino, and Morcheeba’s Skye.