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ALL ABOUT IMAGE: Stefano Pilati seems to have a thing for supermodels that have recently been cloaked in controversy. Rumor has it Pilati chose Naomi Campbell for Yves Saint Laurent’s fall ad campaign and that she was recently photographed in Paris by Ines van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Campbell, who last year did five days of community service for hitting a former maid with a cell phone, follows other headline-grabbing YSL models, including Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen.
DRESSING ITALIAN: Madonna has gone back to her Dolce & Gabbana days for the cover of her new album “Hard Candy.” But forget fall’s tweedy ensembles — the pop star asked Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce to fish a vintage corset from at least 20 years ago (the exact date was unavailable) out of the archives. On the cover, shot by Steven Klein, Madonna strikes one of her sexy poses, gussied up in a strappy, shiny back bodysuit, cinched by a wide boxer’s belt. Over the iconic vintage piece, she tossed a white fur-collared black coat from the fall 1995 men’s wear collection.
And the singer stuck to Italian designers for the video and cover of her single “Four Minutes” with Justin Timberlake, this time opting for an all-black, body-hugging ensemble by Roberto Cavalli.
DIESEL HOPS, SILVER SETS UP SHOP: After 10 years in its current location, Diesel is moving its San Francisco flagship to the historic California Savings Bank building in Union Square. The new location will have Diesel rubbing shoulders with the likes of Apple, Virgin and Bloomingdale’s. The 11,000-square-foot store will occupy the three lower levels of the eight-story building and will open in spring 2009. Meanwhile, Silver Jeans is taking its first steps into the American market as a retailer. The Canada-based moderate denim brand, which sells in the U.S. to stores including The Buckle and Dillard’s, has signed a lease for a 2,100-square-foot space in Denver’s Park Meadows Mall. The store is scheduled to open July 1 and will be the first Silver-branded store for parent company Western Glove Works. The company owns a chain of stores under the Warehouse One name, which sells the brand in Canada, in addition to wholesale customers.
BANANA BONANZA: Joseph Fiennes, his girlfriend, Maria Dolores Dieguez, Emilia Fox, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Camilla Rutherford and Daisy de Villeneuve were among those who gathered on Regent Street last Wednesday night to fete the opening of London’s first Banana Republic flagship. Guests sipped Champagne and nibbled on prosciutto, olives, and smoked salmon canapés while perusing the 17,000-square-foot shop and deciding how they were going to spend their free gift vouchers. But they had to work fast: The event allowed for only two hours of shopping, winding up at 8 p.m.
SURE SHOT: WireImage founder and paparazzo about town Jeff Vespa (clad in head to toe Marc Jacobs) has been pursuing other interests since selling his company to Getty Images in a multimillion dollar deal last year. In addition to mounting several fine art photography shows, he produced and directed a short film, “Nosebleed,” which premiered last Wednesday. The 10-minute short, starring David Arquette as a young man going through a breakup, screened at Mann’s Chinese 6 theater in Hollywood. The modern “Eraserhead”-reminiscent silent short was cheered on by half the Arquette clan (Courteney Cox — of course — as well as Rosanna were both there, while Patricia was working). Rosario Dawson and Mena Suvari were also there. “Everybody loves Jeff,” gushed Suvari.
WALK IN THE PARK: Shiva Rose hosted a bevy of pretty girls and frocks for Gregory Parkinson’s fall preview last week at her home in Brentwood, Calif. Fellow designers Geren Ford, Jenni Kayne, Magda Berliner and Melissa Coker came out to support Parkinson’s sparkly prints and plaids. “I’m a big fan of Gregory’s designs and thought this would be a good opportunity to share them with everyone else,” gushed Rose as her younger daughter Charlotte rolled in the grass. Taking a break from filming “Lipstick Jungle” until fall, Brooke Shields came with her stylist Amanda Ross. “Anything Amanda says, I do, so I had to come out today and check out the clothes,” said Shields.
CAMDEN KUDOS: Hennes & Mauritz is tapping into the cool vibe of north London’s Camden neighborhood. On April 17, the brand will launch a new concept store that will stock men’s wear, women’s wear and accessories exclusively from H&M’s youth-led streetwear collection, Divided. The store will be the first of its kind in the U.K., but the fifth in Europe. A spokeswoman said there were currently no further U.K. units planned. “Camden is so individual, we didn’t want a big store there,” said an H&M spokeswoman. “This is a one-off.” The store will span 8,223 square feet set over two floors, and will have a warehouse feel with scaffold displays, large speakers and top London DJs playing during opening weekend.