SUI ON TARGET: Anna Sui at Target? She might not be as widely recognized by the masses as Isaac Mizrahi or Michael Graves, who both sell products bearing their name to Target. But there are indications she’s got designs on America’s hottest fashion discounter.
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Sui created five design motifs that Marshall Field’s used to develop women’s accessories like hats, mittens, scarves and a purse, bearing the Anna Sui for Marshall Field’s label. The mini-line bows at Field’s in early September. It could be a stepping stone to bigger things, since Field’s often serves as a laboratory to test merchandise on a limited scale for selling on a national scale at Target. The two stores are divisions of Target Corp.
“It’s not something that was discussed, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility,” said Michael Pellegrino, president of Anna Sui. She’s also recently promoted her Dolly Girl fragrance at Field’s stores in Detroit and Chicago through personal appearances. In the past, Sui also has sold her sportswear collection to Field’s.
“We are always open to discussing business opportunities,” Pellegrino said. “Her designs cover many different areas and price points.”
DIAMOND NEIL: Tonight’s much-hyped segment with Britney and Christina joining Madonna on stage at the MTV Music Video Awards could be as much a battle for who really is the reigning pop queen. So lest anyone wonder, Mrs. Ritchie and team are rolling out some pretty heavy-duty rocks — word is she’ll be sparkling with a belt dripping with 100 carats of diamonds; at the neck, a custom necklace featuring three diamond spheres. Both are a collaboration between Madonna, her stylist, Arianne Phillips, and jeweler Neil Lane. “It’s not about bling-bling,” insisted Lane, refusing to comment further on her look. “It’s about decadence.”
THE ANOUCK LOOK: Add Club Monaco to the list of labels that have turned to Terry Richardson for a just-add-edginess jolt to their ad campaigns. The photographer shot the chain’s fall spots, which feature models Anouck Lepère and RJ in the traditional Richardson pose of standing against a wall with just enough insouciance on their faces. The ads are scheduled to start breaking in magazines in October, but Anouck fans can get their fix from the billboard on Houston Street, slated to go up right after Labor Day.
REALITY SHOW: As Tara Reid continues trying to shed her party-girl image and prove she’s keeping it real, she finally let go of those blond extensions. Los Angeles hair stylist Laurent D. of Prive, who’s been helping her with her new image, snipped her real hair in soft layers for the recent press tour for “My Boss’s Daughter,” and is glamming her up in a Fifties ’do for tonight’s MTV Music Video Awards.