FLORENTINE EXTRAVAGANZA: Diane von Furstenberg is getting ready to shake things up in Florence during Pitti Uomo. Actually, she’s already around since two Fiat 500s with big lips splattered over them and the DVF logo are zipping around town, courtesy of Lapo Elkann.
Come Wednesday night, von Furstenberg will serve cocktails for a crowd of 500 that should include the Elkanns, Christian Louboutin, the Ferragamos, Delfina Fendi, Natalia Vodianova and Justin Portman, Tracy Emin and Gelasio Gaetani. A runway show of her new cruise collection, called La Petite Valise, and an informal dinner will follow. The soiree will take place at the Giardino Torrigiani, the city’s largest private garden that include portions of the city’s original Medici walls. Eager to create a lighthearted atmosphere, the gardens will be abuzz with children, including von Furstenberg’s “trusted assistant” — her nine-year-old granddaughter, Talita von Furstenberg. The following day, Lapo Elkann will host a private lunch for von Furstenberg in an undisclosed venue.
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STORE CLOSURE: Louis Vuitton executives are continuing talks with local Chinese authorities in Hangzhou following the closure of the company’s flagship in the Chinese city on June 5 in a dispute over quality certification. According to local reports, officials from the provincial Administration of Industry and Commerce visited the store and confiscated the bulk of the merchandise in a dispute over product quality standards. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said in April, officials from the Consumer Protection Division under the Industry and Commerce Administration of Zhejiang Province conducted a sampling inspection of the store and its products. A month later, Vuitton was told the three Vuitton products sampled were considered to not be in accordance with the QB/T1333-2004 standard due to lack of material samples on them. Last week, the authorities took the other 556 pieces of handbags and luggage from the store and Vuitton decided to close it. “Currently, we are in discussion with Zhejiang AIC in search of a mutually agreeable solution for both parties,” the company said. “We’re working toward a solution and think one will be found in the next few days,” Louis Vuitton China’s communication director Grace Zhao told WWD. “We are confident that the situation will be resolved soon. The store remains closed, we will find a solution soon, but it is not yet clear when.”
LEGIONS OF LEGIONS: A high-octane turnout is expected to attend Gilles Dufour’s Legion of Honor decoration at Maxim’s on June 26. Claudia Schiffer, Sofia Coppola, Marc Jacobs and Azzedine Alaïa are among personalities invited to the event, with Suzy Menkes lined up to present the honor. “I’ll also be inviting lots of kiddies,” said Dufour of his cousins Victoire de Castellane and Mathilde Agnostelli’s sprawling broods. The designer also revealed he’ll be unveiling a new capsule cashmere line for London’s Brown’s at the end of July. Fellow fashion stalwart Lee Radziwill’s Legion of Honor decoration, meanwhile, will take place at the home of Arielle Dombasle and Bernard-Henri Lévy on July 1.
MOSS PIT: Kate Moss could be headed to Paris couture week, but not for the catwalk. According to a source, the model’s boyfriend, Jamie Hince, has been booked along with The Kills’ bandmate Alison Mosshart to perform at the 60th anniversary bash for Longchamp. The event will take place at the Elysée Montmartre on July 2.
SEWN UP: Earnest Sewn is heading to the beach this summer. On Thursday, the denim brand will open the doors of its Long Island outpost, located on Job’s Lane in Southampton. It will be the third store for the company, which already boasts two boutiques in Manhattan. In addition to togs from all of its labels, including the recently launched diffusion line Earnest I Am, the new 1,300-square-foot space will stock odds and ends such as Jorge & Olif bikes and Phaidon art books. Behind the main store, discounted items will be available in an Earnest Sewn outlet. Come fall, two Earnest Sewn boutiques will open in Los Angeles — one in Malibu and one on the corner of Beverly and Gardner.
POSTER BOY: David Beckham’s got his kit off again, this time on the beach. The soccer star will unveil a giant mural of his new ad campaign for Emporio Armani underwear at Macy’s in San Francisco on Wednesday. Following the previous shots of the lithe Beckham sporting an unbuttoned white shirt and briefs earlier this year, the new global campaign features five new images of Beckham in Emporio Armani undies on Malibu beach, again photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. The campaign will appear on emporioarmani.com from June 23 and make its print magazine debut in the August edition of Vanity Fair. The new Emporio Armani underwear collection hits stores in Europe in July and in the U.S. in August.