CHAT IN STYLE: Versace’s first luxury mobile phone will be unveiled next week in Paris during the Couture. The Italian house has licensed Paris-based ModeLabs Group to produce and globally distribute the phone. The commercial launch is scheduled for the spring. ModeLabs, a custom design specialist, also makes and distributes phones for Dior, Tag Heuer and Lacoste, among others.
Other fashion brands that have unveiled cell phone ventures include Giorgio Armani, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana.
TALK TALK: From out-of-whack delivery cycles to the importance of sustainability and social awareness in fashion, Donna Karan has many thoughts on the future of fashion. On Feb.4, she will share some at Parsons The New School for Design, when she will take to the stage at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School for a conversation with Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The event will serve to mark the fall launch of Parsons’ M.F.A. program in Fashion Design and Society, which came together with the support of Karan, herself a Parsons alumna. Karan is expected to discuss everything from her career to her advice for young and emerging designers.
SHOW TIME: The Row, the label designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, will add to the scene during New York Fashion Week next month by staging a presentation, although a specific date and venue have yet to be confirmed. Since all of The Row’s clothes are made in the U.S., Ashley Olsen said she and her sister were happy “to have our first presentation in New York.”
Meanwhile, Derek Lam is moving to the Lower East Side this fashion week. For the first time, Lam will be unveiling his collection at the Capitale venue on the Bowery. The show, scheduled for Feb. 16 at 10 a.m., will be more intimate than previous seasons, accommodating about 350 guests — half the number from a season ago.
PHILLIP LIM SHOWING MEN’S: Building on the momentum of his first stand-alone men’s presentation last season, Phillip Lim will have his first men’s runway show this New York Fashion Week. “The fall collection is strong — polished, easy, and every detail is considered. It belongs on the runway,” said Lim. “And it’s time to take New York Men’s Fashion Week back. It’s become an endangered species. Why wait when you can create?” The 3.1 Phillip Lim men’s show will be replete with bags, gloves, glasses and the debut of a full shoe line.
STING OPERATION: Is Alexander McQueen jumping on the celebrity bandwagon? Not exactly. Although Sting appeared on the invitation for McQueen’s men’s show Monday night wearing a look from the fall collection, it turns out the designer chose him because he wanted to show a “real customer.” According to a McQueen spokesman, the music star is a regular client at McQueen’s New York boutique and accepted an invitation to appear on the invite. David Burton took the photo at Carr’s Irish Pub in Paris.
SILENCE PERIOD: An exhibition dedicated to Greta Garbo and curated by Ferragamo will bow with an event during Milan Women’s Fashion Week next month. The show will comprise film costumes, personal memorabilia, photos and accessories. Garbo was a loyal Ferragamo customer who once bought 70 pairs of shoes in one go, but the fashion house also recovered her Pucci and Givenchy gowns and a Louis Vuitton trunk. In April, the exhibition will travel to Ferragamo’s museum in Florence and, later, outside Italy.