HATS OFF: Stephen Jones is to play a role in the forthcoming “Coco Before Chanel” film, starring Audrey Tautou — making its hats, of course. “She will make a wonderful Chanel, she is equally as petite. We have had to adjust everything. We put a little flower on her head and it looked like a cushion,” said Jones at Giuseppe Zanotti’s couture bash Tuesday night. The milliner also disclosed that he’s been approached for a possible film about hat-mad Nico of the Velvet Underground.
Delfina Delettrez was celebrating the fact that Les Arts Décoratifs has requested four of her pieces for its contemporary jewelry room. “It’s incredibly exciting,” gushed the fledgling jewelry designer, who had donned a floral YSL dress from the Seventies that once belonged to her mother, Silvia Venturini Fendi. Along the way, Sylvia Toledano, who’s married to Ralph Toledano’s cousin, Alain, was showcasing a bag from her nascent eponymous line of minaudières. “There’s one with a camellia, one with a peace and love symbol; it’s kind of spiritual,” she said.
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Eva Mendes, who’d snuck off to a dark corner, said she’s looking forward to her next movie “Bad Lieutenant” opposite Nicolas Cage, which starts shooting next week. “I play a prostitute who also happens to be a junkie — so it’s a comedy,” she joked, adding that she’d only attended one couture show. “Dior is the only show worth going to, I’m very loyal,” she declared. Sporting a new grungy hairdo, budding thespian Lou Doillon said she’ll be heading to New York in September for a four-day Franco-American theater festival. “I’ll be performing a Beckett monologue,” she said.
LATIN LOVERS: Jennifer Lopez touched down in Milan last week with hubby Marc Anthony and baby twins Emme and Max, ahead of Latin crooner Anthony’s Italian debut Tuesday night at Latin American culture festival Latinoamericando. After a spot of shopping — for the babies naturally — Lopez and family had lunch with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana at the designers’ atelier, before shimmying over to the Palazzo Marino town hall, where Anthony picked up a special award for services to music. “We wanted to honor him for his unquestionable artistic value and also thank him for having chosen Milan for his first-ever concert in Italy,” councilor Giovanni Terzi said of Anthony. Milan’s annual Latinoamericando festival displays Latin American music, art, literature, crafts and folklore. Lopez and Anthony have been asked to open next year’s edition of the event at the San Siro stadium.
HARRY’S HITS MAYFAIR: Men’s shoemaker Harry’s of London is set to stamp its footprint on London’s Mayfair. The label, which is partly owned by The Atelier Fund, whose principal investor is Richemont, will open a 400-square-foot boutique at 59 South Audley Street in September. The boutique, on the corner of South Audley Street and Mount Street, has been designed by the label’s creative director, Kevin Martel, and architect Ed Church of the Paris-based architecture firm TCH.
The duo has designed the store around the idea of a library, and the space will feature sliding wooden ladders and shoes arranged on the shelves like books. The bijou space will also boast 13-foot high ceilings and parquet floors. “The eclectic area is so unique to London — traditional English shops juxtaposed with cutting edge luxury boutiques, in the midst of a chic, residential neighborhood,” said Martel of the Mount Street area, whose current residents include Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs and Christian Louboutin stores. “The area itself has a very personal feel, which is exactly the type of service we seek to offer our clients.”
ART IN MOTION: Hermès’ traveling art exhibit, H-box, embarked on the fourth leg of its global tour last week when it took up residence at London’s Tate Modern gallery. The futuristic looking structure, which resembles a segment of honeycomb, was designed by architect and artist Didier Fiuza Faustino. Inside the pod, a screen shows the work of eight young video artists, including Alice Anderson, Sebastian Diaz Morales and Su-Mei Tse. “I really like the work of Su-Mei Tse, she’s a very subtle and graceful artist,” said Pascale Mussard, co-artistic director of Hermès, as guests sipped cucumber martinis in the gallery’s cavernous Turbine Hall. “[All the artists] push us and help us to see from a different angle.” H-Box will reside at the Tate until Aug. 17, when it travels to the Yokohama Triennale in Japan.