SUPER CONNECTED: Putting her far-flung fashion, modeling and party contacts to work, Naomi Campbell is about to stride into the world of high-end event planning and consulting. The supermodel is setting up a New York company, called NC Connect Communications, that will provide a range of "networking" services, from planning deluxe vacations to organizing lavish parties, complete with top musical talent — and models galore, of course.

MONTANA MOVES: Stephane Parmentier has been named the new women’s ready-to-wear designer at Claude Montana, house president Beatrice Bongibault told WWD on Wednesday. Parmentier’s runway debut is scheduled for Oct. 6 during Paris Fashion Week. Claude Montana himself remains a consultant to the house, while Parmentier, 35, will continue to design his three-season-old signature line, which is carried exclusively in the U.S. by Saks Fifth Avenue. While relatively unknown outside of Paris, Parmentier has more than 17 years of fashion experience, working for such houses as Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld and Givenchy, and earning a reputation for his constructed, geometric silhouettes. "He has a firm grasp of what Montana should be," said Bongibault.

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