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HIGH TIMES: Standing 6 feet tall doesn’t deter Brooke Shields from taking it up a notch. “I love heels. I love the way they make my legs look,” chimed the actress, who stopped by Saks Fifth Avenue on Thursday in a vertiginous pair of Jimmy Choo heels, Donna Karan sheath and Kimberly McDonald jewels for the launch of Choo’s 24:7 collection. “In the daytime, however, flats are a little more sensible to run around with my children.”
“Gossip Girl” actress Jessica Szohr also stopped by the fete, which was hosted by Jimmy Choo president and founder Tamara Mellon, Saks’ chairman and chief executive officer Stephen I. Sadove and Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief Glenda Bailey. “I’m a huge fan of Jimmy Choo,” said Szohr, who donned a cherry red pair. “I’m looking for shoes for fashion week.”
CLOSING SHOP: Anthony Nak, the 11-year-old CFDA Award-winning jewelry brand based in Austin, Tex., is closing.
Co-founders Anthony Camargo and Nak Armstrong, who designed the collection, have parted ways. Armstrong is readying to launch his own namesake line of one-of-a-kind fine jewelry pieces. Camargo, according to Armstrong, has moved from Austin to Thailand. Camargo could not be reached for comment.
The firm closed its Austin flagship boutique in January 2009, when it had all but stopped wholesaling jewelry. Only a small group of retailers continue to sell the last of their Anthony Nak inventory. The brand was once sold in top-tier fashion and jewelry stores such as Barneys New York. The company also has halted its line with QVC, which offered low-ticket items in silver with semiprecious stones. “We started to go down this path mentally before the economy crashed,” said Armstrong, who explained the duo simply had different goals. “I honestly believe we’d be going out of this business regardless [of the recession] because we decided to move on individually.
TIME ON SKATES: Just in the nick of time, Omega has signed Apolo Anton Ohno to serve as an ambassador for the brand. Ohno, the U.S. short course speed skating star, is a three-time Olympian and a top contender at the 2010 Games, which opened Friday. He has qualified for three individual events and one relay event, and if he captures two medals, will surpass Bonnie Blair as the U.S.’ most decorated Winter Olympian. As part of his deal with Omega, Ohno will wear the company’s Seamaster Planet Ocean Olympic Timeless Collection Chronograph and will visit the watch brand’s newly opened boutique in Vancouver following his races. He also will visit the Omega flagship in New York City at the conclusion of the Games. Omega has been the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932.
NO RESERVATION NEEDED: Thursday marked the launch of Unreserved, a fashion and art internship program that aims to pair Native American talent looking to develop their artistic and business skills with established designers and artists. To kick off the fashion aspect, the group held a showcase of six Native American designers — Maya Stewart, Kenneth Johnson, Maria Samora and Veronica and Dylan Poblano in accessories and Patricia Michaels in ready-to-wear. Founders Michael Chapman and Gail Bruce secured funding from the Kellogg Foundation and boast Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg, Nanette Lepore, Daryl Kerrigan and Pamela Love among the participants.
FASHION DREAM: Diane von Furstenberg is no stranger to celebrities in her front row, but on Sunday, she will have a special guest. Latoya Headley always dreamed of attending a fashion show. She was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, which paralyzed her from the waist down, in 2007, and the 25-year-old recently wrote about her wish to the Dream Foundation. The Alexandria, Va., native also will lunch with Lyn Devon before attending the DVF show with her sister, Naima, and on Monday will get a tour of the Oscar de la Renta showroom, lunch and a shopping experience at Bergdorf Goodman, and then head down to the West Village to take in the fall Donna Karan Collection show. Diva Limos will be driving her around town, and Dream Foundation arranged for the airfare and hotel stay at Hotel Mela. “I have always had a passion for style and fashion, so this is truly a dream come true for me,” Headley said. “I feel so blessed by the way Dream Foundation — and these amazing designers — have rallied to make this a incredible and memorable experience.”
P IS FOR PIQUE: According to Lacoste, A is for attitude. The retailer behind the iconic croc logo is launching a book to pay homage to the brand, in the style of the ABC’s. Penned by French sports writer Olivier Margot and published by Assouline, “Lacoste: The Element of Style,” recounts the rise of the activewear house from the tennis court to the runway. Each volume is jacketed in the brand’s signature piqué fabric. The 180-page tome doesn’t hit shelves until next month, but those attending today’s Lacoste presentation will be given a copy.
IN HONOR OF KEITH: On Thursday night, the House of Field launched its Paradise Garage Collection to commemorate the death of controversial Eighties artist Keith Haring. “We have to keep his work alive for the younger generation,” Field said. Party girls Kelly Osbourne and Susanne Bartsch made appearances and felt right at home in the alternative fashion/club kid crowd, all of whom were sweating it out to a live performance by Danger Muse. After a quick runway show, the collection — which featured a few startlingly wearable representations of Haring’s work in metallic and electric colored prints — was displayed on mannequins for the duration of the party on the bottom floor of Good Units on 57th Street.
MORE MOORE: Milan Fashion Week will get a dose of stardom courtesy of Bulgari, as actress Julianne Moore is slated to attend the Italian jewelry house’s cocktail on Feb. 26. Moore appears in Bulgari’s latest ad campaign photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. During the cocktail, Bulgari will present its accessories collection, now designed by a team, as Gianluca Lera, who helped spearhead the company’s push into accessories, exited the company last fall.