By  on August 5, 2008

MILAN — Salvatore Ferragamo certainly has a busy few months ahead.

First, the Florentine luxury goods house upped its big-screen track record by supplying the footwear and gloves for Nicole Kidman’s role in the movie “Australia,” where she plays an English aristocrat. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the movie tells of the woman’s epic journey across the country in the Thirties selling cattle property. The film is slated for a mid- November release.

Costume designer Catherine Martin mined the archives and tapped into Ferragamo’s creativity to produce the 13 pairs of shoes worn by Kidman. To further gain from the undertaking, Ferragamo has produced a limited edition velvet evening pump that will be sold in its flagships worldwide beginning at the end of November.

A month earlier, Ferragamo family members will head east to Dubai where, on Oct. 6, they will host a dinner and fashion show for 400 people. The event is to fete a deal with Trident International Holdings to design 16 penthouses in the world’s tallest residential building, the Pentominium Tower, in Burj Dubai. The apartments will occupy the last 16 floors of the 1,840-foot-tall skyscraper.

On Aug. 26, the day of Peggy Guggenheim’s birthday, her namesake museum that is marking 60 years in Venice will display reedited versions of Ferragamo classics designed for Marilyn Monroe and Anna Magnani. The designs are now part of the Ferragamo Creations collection. A suede cork wedge designed for Guggenheim in 1947 also will be showcased throughout the Venice Film Festival, which kicks off the next day.

A charity event in memory of Fiamma Ferragamo, who died of cancer in 1998, will take place on Sept. 15 at La Pergola, a historic Florentine theater. Italian actress Mariangela Melato will recite Marguerite Duras’ “Il Dolore,” and proceeds from the sale of the $155 tickets will go to AIRC, an association for cancer research.

During Milan Fashion Week, Ferragamo will host a cocktail on Sept. 23 at the Triennale gallery to kick off the exhibition “Salvatore Ferragamo, Evolving Legend 1928-2008.” The retrospective is a more developed version of the installation created to mark the fashion house’s 80th anniversary in Shanghai earlier this year. A number of shoe designs, a selection of materials and documents chosen from the Ferragamo archive in Florence will recap the founder’s life.

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