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VERSACE PICKS FIVE: The models are back. After several seasons of fashion houses using celebrities in their ad campaigns, now Versace is following Louis Vuitton and opting for a number of big-name models. The Italian company’s fall ads will feature Kate Moss in a group shot with Christy Turlington, Daria Werbowy, Angela Lindvall and Carolyn Murphy. Versace executives declined comment.
This would be another triumph for Moss, who recently won campaigns for Calvin Klein Jeans and Nikon, and is said to have been shot for Christian Dior’s fall ads. The Versace ads would also be a comeback of sorts for Turlington, the mother of two, whose modeling in recent years has been limited to look books for Nuala, the yoga-inspired collection she founded with Puma.
YSL AT THE SERPENTINE: Yves Saint Laurent’s creative director, Stefano Pilati, will pledge his allegiance to the other side of the English Channel this summer. The French design house is to cohost the Serpentine Gallery’s annual fund-raising party, one of the highlights of London’s social season, to be held on July 11. The event will take place in the Serpentine Gallery’s pavilion, an eerie, translucent canopy hovering over the gallery’s lawn, which has been designed by the architects Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond.
In previous years, fashion industry figures such as Jimmy Choo’s Tamara Mellon and Roberto Cavalli have hosted the party, which has attracted guests ranging from Prince Andrew and Jemima Khan to Paris Hilton and Brittany Murphy. This year’s party committee is already equally starry, and includes Linda Evangelista, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tilda Swinton.
STRINGS AND THINGS: Women who like a little Ravel or Debussy with their tweed suits can have it all at Chanel’s flagship in Tokyo’s Ginza district. For one week starting Saturday, the sprawling boutique, which boasts a concert hall on the fourth floor, will feature free performances by 11 young classical musicians from around the world. The soloists are being brought to Japan by the New York-based nonprofit organization Young Concert Artists, whose chairman is Peter Marino, architect of the Chanel building.
This story first appeared in the May 5, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.