DENVER’S DAY: Hip young things in the Mile High City traded shorts and sandals for slinky summer dresses Saturday night at the high-energy Riverfront Park Fashion Show, where Betsey Johnson was the first of the evening’s three featured designers. The annual runway show and cocktail party benefited the charity Railyard Dogs and drew about 1,200 people beneath the 200-foot Millennium Bridge.“People are surprised there’s this kind of thing in Denver,” said stylist Tobie Orr, who produced the event with East West Partners. “But we have people who have flown in from all over for this.”
In addition to Johnson’s fall collection, Aspen-based designer Gabriel Conroy showed whimsical couture, followed by a Parisian collection from Sue Wong, who has created ready-to-wear separates inspired by the film “Eat Pray Love,” out in August.
In years past, Riverfront Park Fashion has featured runway shows by Catherine Malandrino and Robert Rodriguez.
OF THE NIGHT: Nicolas Ghesquière won’t be the only honoree at the Fashion Group International’s Oct. 28 Night of Stars. The Balenciaga designer, who is receiving this year’s Superstar trophy, will be joined by Akris’ Albert Kriemler and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, who are being honored in the fashion category; Diego Della Valle, who is receiving the Brand Visionary award, and Frédéric Fekkai, this year’s Beauty honoree. Urban Outfitter’s Glen Senk will take home the Corporate Leadership award; Evelyn Lauder, the Humanitarian award, and Janie Bryant, the award for entertainment. Rafael and Diana Viñoly, meanwhile, are being honored in the architecture category. This year’s Board of Directors Legend award will go to Pierre Cardin. The annual event will take place at Cipriani 55 Wall Street.
L.A. STORY: Stephen Webster is set to plant his flag in the U.S. The London-based jeweler will open his first American store on Rodeo Drive in November. The 2,000-square-foot space — which is near Tiffany, Bulgari and Versace — will span two floors. Its design will mirror Webster’s London flagship on Mount Street, which has concrete floors, and is decorated with stuffed birds and steel fittings.
The Los Angeles store will house both Webster’s fine and silver jewelry collections for men and women on the ground floor, while upstairs there will be an exhibition space called the No Regrets lounge, where the jeweler will exhibit work and collaborations with his creative pals, such as photographer Rankin and artist Tracey Emin. The store also will carry some homeware pieces, a new venture, and will showcase items that broaden Webster’s product line outside of jewelry. Webster, founder and creative director of the jewelry house, said, “Over the past 10 years, we have built strong ties with the L.A. community, including the world of entertainment based there. The opening of this store is set to be extremely significant in our development.” The Los Angeles store will be Webster’s eighth stand-alone unit worldwide, to add to the house’s 120 points of sale. Webster also serves as creative director of London jeweler Garrard.
BE MY BURBERRY: Speculation in U.K. financial markets that Burberry could, at some point, be acquired by one of the big luxury conglomerates just won’t die. In the past, rumors have centered on LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, while this time the talk is focused on PPR. On Friday, Peter Farren, an analyst in the London office of Bryan Garnier & Co., called Burberry “an attractive bid target, thanks to its strong brand momentum and 100 percent free float.” Farren named PPR, which is “in the process of building its brand portfolio” as a likely suitor. Burberry has a market capitalization of 3.7 billion pounds, or $5.7 billion, and is trading at a 22 percent premium to its peers. On Friday, the stock closed up 1.52 percent at 8.69 pounds, or $13.38. PPR most certainly would have the means to do a deal: According to its 2009 earnings report, the French parent of Gucci Group and Puma has available cash of 945 million euros, or $1.23 billion, and a medium-term credit line worth 6 billion euros, or $7.74 billion. Spokespeople for PPR and Burberry both declined to comment on the speculation Friday.
PRINT TO PERFUME: The next big thing in fragrances after celebrity scents? Fashion editors. Anna Dello Russo, Japanese Vogue’s fashion director at large and current muse to the blogosphere, confirmed to WWD she is planning to launch her own fragrance, set to roll out at the end of the year. In true fashion style, Dello Russo said the idea came from a suggestion by art director Ronnie Cooke Newhouse. “Ronnie defined me as an insider reality fashion star, and so I thought, Now is the time to do a fragrance,” said Dello Russo in Milan.
WAGS ON THE TOWN: On Thursday, a gaggle of New York Yankees wives, fiancées and girlfriends ventured to DKNY on Madison Avenue for a charity runway show and shopping event hosted by Yankees manager Joe Girardi’s wife, Kim Girardi. Among them were Laura Posada, wife of catcher Jorge Posada; Erin Robertson, wife of pitcher David Robertson and “Gossip Girl’s” Joanna Garcia, who is engaged to outfielder Nick Swisher. WAGs are known for spending, and this troupe was no different. Within an hour, they spent more than $40,000 at the store, with 10 percent going to the Girardis’ charity, the Catch 25 Foundation. DKNY signed a long-term, multifaceted sponsorship deal with the Yankees earlier this year.
TEQUILA SUNSET: In bygone days, Hugo Boss’ rooftop parties were a frequent fixture of New York summers. Last week, the megabrand brought back the good times, in conjunction with market week, with a rooftop concert and plenty of DeLéon tequila cocktails. After sundown, high funkstress Janelle Monáe put on a rollicking set, opening for R&B singer Robin Thicke. Guests included Miss USA Rima Fakih, actors Tyson Beckford and Patrick Heusinger, socialite Emma Snowdon-Jones, members of Cobra Starship, fencer Tim Morehouse and stylist Phillip Bloch.
FOLLOWING FENDI: Fendi Uomo will unveil a pop-up store for the exclusive sale in France of its fall men’s collection at Paris’ Galeries Lafayette from Aug. 16 to Oct. 2. A second ephemeral Fendi Uomo store will bow in London’s Harrods Oct. 6 to Dec. 14. The Italian luxury brand’s men’s collection has kept a low profile of late. In January 2009, it skipped the Milanese men’s runway and has since been shown via private appointments in Rome.