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LIVE FROM VIENNA: Had Diane von Furstenberg chosen not to become a princess and designer, she sure could have tried out for a spot on the Radio City Rockettes with her set of pins. She didn’t, of course, but next month, DVF may come pretty close, having tapped the Rockettes to perform for her at the Life Ball 2010. The legendary dancers will be wearing DVF wrap rompers from von Furstenberg’s cruise collection for a choreographed fashion segment. “There is nothing more New York than the Radio City Rockettes,” von Furstenberg said. “We are pleased to bring those legs, those kicks and those glamorous women with us to Vienna.” Von Furstenberg is participating at the July 17 festivities, which serve as the opening of the Life Ball and the XVIII International AIDS Conference, alongside Kenneth Cole and Calvin Klein Collection’s Francisco Costa.
STRIPE IT RICH: After bed and bath, Sonia Rykiel is heading beyond with a new home collection that channels its flirty Left Bank style. The French fashion house has signed a license with furnishings company Lelievre, which also makes the Kenzo Home collection, to produce fabrics, cushions, carpets and throws featuring floral patterns and its signature multicolored stripes. The designs will complement the existing bedroom and bath furnishings produced by licensee Anne de Solène. Humorous touches include black velvet cushions with rhinestones spelling out “Blonde,” “Brune” and “Rousse” (“Blonde,” “Brunette” and “Redhead”). “It’s about humor, comfort, and a cool, bohemian vibe,” said house president Nathalie Rykiel, pointing at beanbags named “68” in honor of the founding year of the brand. Trade supplier Stark Carpet is to distribute the collection in the United States from September.
CHILD CARE: Tuesday afternoon, the lower level of Rouge Tomate was like a cinematic PTA meeting at a luncheon for Focus Features’ upcoming summer film “The Kids Are All Right.” Co-written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko, the movie has Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as a longtime lesbian couple whose two teenage children, Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson), decide to seek out their sperm-donor father (Mark Ruffalo), with both moving and messy familial consequences. Cholodenko was inspired to make the film by her own experience in seeking an anonymous donor for her son (with girlfriend Wendy Melvoin). “We looked at a lot of different donors, and we felt in the end that our criteria was more about a balanced person and a person we could tell had an integrated life and was more soulful, artistic, healthy, athletic,” explained Cholodenko, who co-wrote the screenplay with Stuart Blumberg (a donor himself in college). Ruffalo certainly fit the bill to embody the ideal such man on-screen. So what makes a good sperm donor? “Good at sports. Good at thinking. Education. And I guess to some extent my curly hair. Some people want that,” said the actor with a grin.
CHAIN DAISY: Daisy Lowe is bringing her “It” girl style to the high street with the launch of a collection for French fashion chain Morgan. The one-off Oiseau de Nuit (Night Owl) line designed by the British model will go on sale in early November in 25 Morgan stores in France and on the retailer’s Web site. Consisting of party dresses, a bag, jewelry and shoes, it is modeled by Lowe and her friends in the accompanying advertising campaign.