SPOT ON: A dizzying range of animal prints covered each chair, table and even oversize lamps at the Milanese theater where Roberto Cavalli held a dinner to launch his first credit card on Sunday. Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and her daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie; Elizabeth Hurley and her husband Arun Nayar; Milla Jovovich, tapped as the face of the card; “CSI” star Gary Dourdan, and ballet star Eleonora Abbagnato sipped Cavalli’s Tuscan wine and dined on regional dishes such as rustic, thick spaghetti. And now there’s an additional reason to shop: Ferguson said a percentage of every sale made with the Cavalli card will benefit the charity she has founded, Children in Crisis. “We’ve built 82 schools around the world,” she said. Jovovich, in addition to her latest movie, the mystery “A Perfect Gateway,” will appear in a viral campaign for the card alongside the designer and a Rolls-Royce. Meanwhile, Dourdan said his mother was a seamstress and he’s mulling launching his own apparel line.
COSTUME PARTY: Miuccia Prada is not holding a grudge against her longtime assistant Rodolfo Paglialunga, who resigned to become Vionnet’s creative director. Prada said Paglialunga would help her design costumes for Giuseppe Verdi’s “Attila,” to be staged next spring at the Metropolitan Opera and directed by Riccardo Muti. Herzog & de Meuron, with whom Prada has worked on a number of projects, will be in charge of the set design.
LITIGIOUSLY YOURS: Todd Oldham’s departure from Old Navy last month might have been relatively quiet, but the potential for dueling lawsuits could soon turn the volume up on the split. L-7 Designs Inc., which owns the Todd Oldham trademarks and lists the designer as its president, brought a suit against the retailer in Manhattan federal court on Feb. 18. Lawyers for the company filed the complaint under seal. On Monday, the design firm would reveal only that the suit lists breach of contract and other claims as causes. Gap Inc. spokeswoman Louise Callagy said the company was disappointed by Oldham’s decision to take what it called a “business disagreement” to the courts. “We are confident in our ability to defend ourselves on all points and, in fact, we plan to file this week our own breach of contract claims against Todd Oldham’s company, L-7 Designs,” she said. On Feb. 20, with little fanfare, Oldham left his post as creative director for the Old Navy brand, a post he’d taken on in October 2007. At the time of his hire, the company spoke of eventually marketing clothes, and possibly home and beauty products, under the designer’s name. The branded line never surfaced in his roughly 17 months with the retailer.
LEATHER KICKS: Soccer player Nicola Legrottaglie joined motorcyclist Fonsi Nieto, “CSI” actor Gary Dourdan and Italian TV presenter Simona Ventura front row at Dsquared’s show Monday morning. Dressed in the Juventus off-pitch suit and tie designed by the Caten twins, Legrottaglie said Italian soccer stars didn’t have to look far for style tips. “It’s easy to be fashionable because we are so connected to the fashion world here,” he said. Meanwhile, Ventura, Italy’s equivalent of Kelly Ripa, coveted the leather jackets seen on the runway. “Every woman has a bit of rock ’n’ roll in them — at least I certainly do,” Ventura said, adding, “I am going home now to dig out my leather jackets from the Eighties.”