BROOKE’S SHIELD: It would appear, from two angles at least, that Kiefer Sutherland may indeed have been acting to aid Brooke Shields before he brawled with Proenza Schouler designer Jack McCollough last week. In a statement released late Monday, lawyers for the actress confirmed that McCollough bumped into Shields at a party and the incident drew the concern of Sutherland. The actor allegedly head-butted McCollough in the ensuing fracas, breaking the designer’s nose. “Kiefer has always been a gentleman in her company,” said Shields’ attorney, Gerald Lefcourt. “Both Jack and Kiefer are friends of Ms. Shields, and she regrets this unfortunate situation.” Early rumors had Sutherland coming to the defense of Shields before the fight, but the actress had been silent until now. New York police charged Sutherland with misdemeanor assault and issued the actor a summons after he turned himself in May 7. A representative for McCollough reaffirmed his statement last week that, “All we can say at this point is that he was the victim of a vicious, violent, unprovoked assault and that the matter is in the hands of the authorities.” Sutherland’s lawyers Monday released a statement through the same public relations firm as the one used by Shields meant to combat what they called “untruthful and self-serving information.” In the statement, Michael Williams, the actor’s lawyer, said he was confident “the investigation being conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD will confirm that Kiefer Sutherland was neither the instigator nor a wrongdoer in this incident.” The fight took place early May 5 in TriBeCa’s Mercer Hotel at an after party for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala.
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GOLDEN GOAL: If there’s one soccer match whose result won’t trigger bad blood, it’s the game scheduled for May 16 in Turin when the Nazionale Stilisti (the Italian designer team) will be suiting up once again, this time to raise money for the Fondazione Sant’Anna of Turin, which supports the neonatal care unit at the city’s Sant’Anna hospital. The team, which includes Beatrice Trussardi, Diesel chief Renzo Rosso, Santo Versace, Ferruccio Ferragamo and Ippolito Etro will be lead by their captain, Italia Independent’s Lapo Elkann and will play against Turin’s Juventus Alumni including old-time champions Gianluca Vialli, Paolo Montero and Ciro Ferrara.
Following the game the team with host a fund-raising gala dinner at the Circolo Canottieri Esperia for 300 people. In September, the team raised funds for muscular dystrophy research and will soon be organizing an event to lend solidarity to the victims of the earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy.
Speaking of Elkann, there is speculation the entrepreneur has teamed with Luca Trabaldo Togna, owner of the Saint Andrews tailoring company, to produce an Italia Independent bespoke men’s collection with technical detailing that will bow in June. Elkann recently cut the ribbon to his first Italia Independent temporary store in Saint-Tropez, which will shutter in the fall. The store already has attracted the likes of Peter Beard and his wife Neema; Ines de la Fressange and daughter Violette; Marina Berlusconi, daughter of Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio; Ivana Trump, and Jean Paul Gaultier.
ADAM STILL LOVES DOGS: Contemporary designer Adam Lippes is partnering with the Humane Society for a day of dog adoptions at his Meatpacking District store. The dogs will overtake the Adam store’s windows at 678 Hudson Street, on May 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. Ten percent of the day’s proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society. Also, all adoptees will receive free “Adam Loves Dogs” leashes and T-shirts. This event will be the second annual Adam Loves Dogs day at the store — last year the designer partnered with the ASPCA of New York for the event. “Last year it was like a block party — 500 people. Everyone loved it; adults and children from the neighborhood and all over New York,” said Lippes. “It did drive a significant amount of traffic. Sales were amazing, which felt doubly good, as we were giving a percentage back.”
TWO TO TANGO: Artist Takashi Murakami and music impresario Pharrell Williams have both collaborated with Louis Vuitton, and now the two men, both represented by Paris art dealer Emmanuel Perrotin, are collaborating on artworks with a dash of bling. Word has it Williams is having his cult jeweler, Jacob & Co., pave everyday objects in precious stones, which will then be incorporated into sculptures by Murakami. The works are to be unveiled at the Art Basel fair next month.
PLAYING IT SAFE: Dita Von Teese did what she does best for the Paris unveiling of H&M’s Fashion Against Aids collection: performing her burlesque number at the VIP Room on Monday night. The dancer, plus celebrities including Yoko Ono and Cyndi Lauper, each designed a T-shirt, body suit or tank top for Designer’s Against Aids second line. Next in the promotional lineup,
Katy Perry will perform in one of H&M’s Tokyo stores, while Estelle will appear in London. And expect mayhem when German rock band Tokio Hotel attends a signing for fans in Hamburg. “They’ve asked for an ambulance and security,” marveled Ninette Murk, founder of Designers Against Aids, whose online store goes live next week. The association’s AIDS prevention message is already reaching thousands via Tokio Hotel’s devoted fan base. “They have one million registered fans. We put a link to our Web site, and within a day we had 10,000 signed up,” Murk said. “They write things like, ‘I like Bill’s [the singer’s] new hair, but they also write things like, ‘Hey this must be important.’” The collection hits 1,000 H&M stores this month and next, and plans are afoot for the third line — which will likely include top sporting names — to coincide with next year’s soccer World Cup in South Africa.
007 TO LANGDON: When Brioni stopped dressing 007 — that honor went to Tom Ford for the last Bond installment, “Quantum of Solace” — the brand lost a prime marketing vehicle. But the suit-maker has found a compelling replacement: the bookishly capable Robert Langdon, played by Tom Hanks, the protagonist of “The Da Vinci Code” and soon-to-be-released “Angels & Demons.” The brand held a preview of the film Monday at the Tribeca Cinema in New York.
LIFEGUARD CITY: There’s nothing like a bit of scripted drama to enliven a party. On Thursday, men’s designer Michael Bastian and Bergdorf Goodman Men’s fashion director Tommy Fazio hosted a cocktail party at the store for “Lifeguard on Duty,” a book of photos by Matt Albiani, because Bastian’s spring collection happened to be inspired by sexy lifeguards too. Guests stepping off the elevator walked right into a film crew from MTV’s “The City,” which was following its star, Whitney Port, and her friend Samatha Swetra, who “works” for Bergdorf. A store executive confessed they hired Swetra because MTV asked them to. Apparently the night’s drama was instigated by a lifeguard — or perhaps a model dressed as a lifeguard — who flirted with one of the ladies. Neither Bastian, Fazio nor Albiani were corralled into this torrid plot, but Bastian said, with genuine surprise, “There really is a plot. Did you know that? It’s not really reality.”