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GIORGIO, OLE!: Giorgio Armani’s designs now span from the runway and the living room to the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain. Armani has conceived a costume for famed bullfighter Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez on the occasion of the Corrida Goyesca. The yearly event will take place on Sept. 6 in Ronda, close to Málaga and Seville. Ordóñez will wear a specially designed bullfighting costume, or goyesco: a techno satin jacket, trousers and cloak in Armani’s iconic greige. The three pieces are embroidered with sequins and small glitter stones. Armani follows none other than Pablo Picasso, who once designed the same kind of costume for the bullfighter’s grandfather, Antonio Ordóñez. Armani’s collaboration with Rivera Ordóñez dates back to last year, when the designer tapped him for a Giorgio Armani Hand Made-to-Measure ad campaign.
Meanwhile, Dutch electro mixer DJ Tiësto is set to take Armani Exchange’s Regent Street store in London from retail to rave. DJ Tiësto will play a live set in the brand’s Regent Street store on Aug. 8, which fans can attend by purchasing a limited edition DJ Tiësto pack, which contains an Armani Exchange T-shirt, a DJ Tiësto CD and a pass to the private set, and is priced at 40 pounds, or about $80 at current exchange. Following his spin in the store, DJ Tiësto will perform at London’s 02 Arena as part of his “In Search of Sunshine” world tour, of which Armani has sponsored the London and North American dates.
THE HOMECOMING: It looks like there will be two Calvin Klein shows come New York Fashion Week. On Tuesday, Calvin Klein Inc. said it was bringing its fall 2009 men’s collection show to New York in February. This will mark the first full runway show for men’s wear here — the company has been presenting its men’s wear collections in Milan since 1998. The fall show is slated to take place on the ground-floor event space at CKI’s headquarters at 205 West 39th Street, where the company also has been presenting its women’s collections. CKI, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, recently brought the Collection business back in-house — a move that triggered the decision to show men’s wear, which is designed by Collection’s men’s creative director Italo Zucchelli, in New York. It’s not arrivederci, Milano for good, though. The company plans to hold market appointments for retailers during Milan’s men’s fashion week next January. It also plans to return to the Milan’s men’s wear shows in the future.
EMPEROR VAL: Soon even common mortals will become more intimate with Valentino through the documentary, “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” which premieres Aug. 28 in Venice. A crowd of 600 is expected to attend the screening in Venice’s landmark theater, La Fenice, followed by a dinner for the designer hosted by Italian Vogue’s Franca Sozzani and Luca Dini, editor in chief of Italian Vanity Fair. Guests expected to glide down the canals to dine at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, home to the Peggy Guggenheim collection, include George Clooney, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tilda Swinton, Claudia Schiffer and Alessandra Facchinetti, who is now creative director at Valentino.
PUNK PUZZLE: Vintage clothing dealer Simon Easton has hit back at claims by Malcolm McLaren that he sold fake vintage pieces under the Seditionaries label to Damien Hirst. “I don’t believe that Damien bought anything fake from me,” said Easton. “I have been buying these clothes for 30 years.”
Easton added that his management had taken Hirst to court last year, but that any legal matters between them have been settled. According to British press reports last year, Easton took legal action after Hirst failed to return a collection of vintage Seditionaries clothing that Easton had sent for him to consider buying. Hirst is alleged to have asked for a refund for pieces that he previously had bought from Easton, which he alleged were fake, before he returned the collection, worth 80,000 pounds, or about $158,000 at current exchange. A spokeswoman for Hirst said that she was unable to comment on the matter for legal reasons.
Easton also rejected claims made by McLaren that he and Vivienne Westwood had only made a handful of Seditionaries pieces, saying the label was sold at Westwood and McLaren’s shops, Sex and Seditionaries, from 1975 to 1980, and later under license at Boy London from 1980 to 1986. “If you grew up in the punk era, you will know that Malcolm McLaren rewrites history on a daily basis — that’s how he gets through life,” said Easton. “I’m very amused to be part of his fanciful fantasy stories, however it can also be hurtful and damaging.”
BLACK GOLD: Mohamed Al Fayed is known for sourcing all manner of luxury goods to line the shelves of his famed department store, Harrods, but now it seems he’s rustling up another highly prized asset — oil.
Last Thursday, London’s High Court awarded Al Fayed a 9 percent share of the future proceeds of an oil field that’s located underneath his estate in Surrey, just outside of London. Al Fayed had sued Star Energy, the U.K. oil producer that owns the oil field, for trespassing, after Star Energy had been producing oil from land under Al Fayed’s estate without his knowledge since 1994. Al Fayed was also awarded a 9 percent share of the 7 million pounds, or $13.9 million, worth of oil the oil field has produced since 2000. “I am satisfied with the decision. Justice has been done,” said Al Fayed.
FASHION SENSE: Critical Cathy, the three-year-old filly named after The New York Times’ fashion critic Cathy Horyn, won an allowance race Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. Owned by Barry Schwartz, former chairman of Calvin Klein Inc., Critical Cathy won by six and a quarter lengths. “She’s a big, pretty gray filly,” said Schwartz, noting he’s received compliments on the way his silks look on her. “They really look sharp on a light gray horse,” said Schwartz, who was reached in Saratoga. The purse was $61,000, and Critical Cathy paid $11 to win, topping a $74 exacta. Horyn, who owned horses growing up, said she’s thrilled to have a horse named after her, although she hasn’t placed any bets on her yet. “I’ve never actually seen her race,” said Horyn. “I’ve met her [at Schwartz’s] farm before she was old enough to run. She’s gorgeous.”