ON FILM: Gucci unveiled the nominees for the first Gucci Award for Women in Cinema, the new film accolade in collaboration with the Venice Film Festival.
The five finalists selected by an advisory committee led by festival director Marco Muller are director of photography Caroline Champetier for “Of Gods and Men”; Jessica Chastain, who starred in “The Tree of Life”; the screenwriter of “Habemus Papam,” Federica Pontremoli; producer Nansun Shi for “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame,” and Athina Tsangari, director and producer of “Attenberg.”
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Stars including Robin Wright and James Franco will join Gucci creative director Frida Giannini on the jury, which will reveal the winner during a ceremony followed by a private dinner on Sept. 2.
For the occasion, the Florentine fashion house will donate $25,000 to the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
During the festival, Gucci and Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation will also present the restoration of Nicholas Ray’s “We Can’t Go Home Away” on Sept. 4. The premiere will be introduced by Susan Ray and Franco, who will also be at the festival as director of “Sal” that, as well as “We Can’t Go Home Away,” will be part of a video art installation supported by Gucci and organized by La Biennale di Venezia.
ON HOLD: The fate of the Amy Winehouse collection for Fred Perry is still unclear after the death last weekend of the singer at the age of 27. Winehouse had collaborated on two Fifties-inspired capsule collections for Fred Perry, the latest of which was for spring 2011. The first collection bowed for fall 2010, and was set to run for four seasons, selling in Fred Perry Authentic boutiques and wholesalers globally. This week, a Fred Perry spokeswoman confirmed: “All activity on the collection is on hold” until the company speaks to Winehouse’s family and management, which will likely be late next week.
VENETIAN PRINCE: Could Diesel chief Renzo Rosso be the next entrepreneur to take onto himself the restoration of one of Italy’s landmarks in need? Although an agreement hasn’t been finalized and signed yet, sources say that Rosso plans to finance works on the iconic Ponte di Rialto in Venice, which spans across the city’s Canal Grande, to the tune of 5 million euros, or $7.2 million at current exchange. Diesel is located in Breganze, about 44 miles away from Venice. This step follows Tod’s chairman and chief executive officer Diego Della Valle’s decision to sponsor the three-year restoration works on the Colosseum in Rome with a donation of $36.5 million. The executive has been urging Italian entrepreneurs to take action and support works on crumbling sites throughout the country, a venture he has dubbed “Project Italia.”
RETURN ENGAGEMENT: With a cover shoot for Vogue Australia and a turn on Balenciaga’s spring 2011 runway in her second trimester — not to mention a second Balenciaga sortie in March, just eight weeks after the birth of baby Flynn — Miranda Kerr hasn’t let motherhood dent her fashion duties. This time last year, however, she did suddenly pull out of the spring season launch of her biggest Australian client, department store David Jones, to marry her Hollywood sweetheart Orlando Bloom.
Kerr is back in town for the first time in 18 months, with Flynn in tow for his first trip to Australia, ahead of David Jones’ spring 2011-2012 showcase on Wednesday. To be staged at Fox Studios’ Royal Hall of Industries in Sydney in front of 350 guests, including Australian singers Natalie Imbruglia and Tina Arena and Brit import Henry Holland (who is in town promoting his new eyewear collaboration with Australian sunglasses manufacturer Le Specs), the show will feature Kerr flanked by some rising Australian models such as Samantha Harris and Rose Smith (who has walked in three consecutive Chanel shows since March). They will showcase the summer offerings of 23 of David Jones’ top Australian labels, including Collette Dinnigan, Willow, Zimmermann, Dion Lee, Josh Goot and camilla and marc, alongside some of the retailer’s 60 just-added department store exclusives that include local labels Lover, Carl Kapp and Little Joe, together with Lanvin, Dries van Noten, Victoria Beckham, Kardashian Kollection and Lily Allen’s Lucy in Disguise label.
WORKING GIRL: Olivia Wilde isn’t letting a couple of summer blockbuster releases and the cover of Nylon magazine’s August denim issue get in the way of her work. Gearing up for today’s release of the space Western “Cowboys & Aliens” co-starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, along with “The Change-Up” with Ryan Reynolds on Aug. 5, she is prepping to direct her first short comedy called “Free Hugs,” which she said is about a “bitter, angry girl learning to love again and love herself.” The newly single actress was quick to add that the film isn’t autobiographical. “It’s not meta,” she confessed. The dinner Nylon and Volcom hosted on Wednesday at West Hollywood’s Asia de Cuba in honor of the cover girl got personal when Wilde promoted Campaign Happiness, a charity she co-founded to increase positivity in the world. The guests who seemed pretty happy at the bash included Patrick Fugit, Nicky and Paris Hilton, Sam Ronson and Jeremy Scott.