STELLA’S FELLAS: No, Stella McCartney hasn’t launched a men’s wear line. But yes, men will be invited to buy some of her clothes this fall at 10 Corso Como in Milan and Commes des Garcons/Corso Como in Tokyo. “When I was buying [the line], I asked a guy in the showroom to try on some pieces, which looked great,” said Corso Como owner Carla Sozzani. “So I bought zip-front parkas, sports jackets and fleece tops, all with roundish silhouettes.” Sozzani said her male customers are constantly looking for new brands and different styles — and McCartney’s collection fit the bill. Or Bob. Or Gordon.
MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB: Louis Vuitton is moving on up on Avenue Montaigne. The luxury retailer, after 17 years at number 54, is moving to larger digs in the new LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton building, at number 22. Already under construction, it’s slated to open in mid-2003. Louis Vuitton president Marcello Bottoli said the new store, boasting some 8,000 square feet over two levels, will be a “global” location with all product categories, designed to service a largely local clientele in an atmosphere less harried than the tourist-mobbed Champs Elysees store. The shift in location leaves a prime location, complete with an atrium, open on the luxury strip. Sources say it might be destined for Donna Karan, who is pining for a Paris flagship.
DIDIER’S DAY: After facing down an attempted coup last year, Didier Grumbach on Thursday was smoothly reelected president of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, France’s governing body of fashion. The Chambre’s 19 members, including Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Hermes, Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel, elected Grumbach for a two-year term. Last year, Grumbach was unsuccessfully challenged by Maryline Vigouroux. Grumbach said the Chambre also voted to increase its president’s term from one year to two.