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HEY, GOOD LOOKIN’, WHATCHA GOT COOKIN’?: Sure, Tom Ford can build a megabrand. But can he cook? None other than Martha Stewart will be the judge of that on Tuesday morning, when the design guru joins the domestic diva live on “The Martha Stewart Show.” So what’s on the menu? Grandma Ford’s pecan pralines. Word has it the down-home dessert was Ford’s idea, and that he’s a huge fan of Stewart. (Looks like Donna Karan is, too; she’s the guest on Thursday’s show.) But before his chopping skills are put to the test, Ford will show four looks from his new men’s luxury brand. Here’s hoping there’s a crocodile weekender in the audience goody bags.
RED, THEY SAID: “I’ve got to go and see all the sexy boys,” chirped actress Jaime Winstone as she navigated a throng of revelers and went in search of scantily clad male models at the Emporio Armani store on London’s Bond Street Thursday. The mannequins had stripped down to their briefs (Armani, of course) to fete the launch of an Emporio Armani (Product) Red fragrance duo, part of the Red initiative founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to fight AIDS in Africa. Rena Sindi, Margo Stilley, Kalita Al Swaidi, Astrid Muñoz, Dan Macmillan and Noelle Reno also turned out to support the cause, and enjoyed a tropical beach scene created in the boutique’s basement. “I’m going nowhere near that thing,” said Al Swaidi, eyeing a mechanical surfboard. “I’d make a total fool of myself.”
CELEBRATING NAN: “It’s funny to think how many of these dresses I’ve zipped up,” joked the Countess Sheila de Rochambeau, looking over the 75 outfits belonging to the late Nan Kempner at the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition that opened in Paris Tuesday night. A host of Kempner’s friends reminisced about the New York socialite’s fashion talent and outrageous sense of humor during the cocktail hosted by Saint Laurent at the YSL foundation here. Ines de la Fressange recalled bumping into Kempner wearing a YSL shirt. “I touched it, and I asked what it was made of, and she said ‘It’s chatouche,’ and that she’d taken the material to Saint Laurent. It wasn’t something to shout about, of course, it wasn’t very politically correct.”
Designers Lars Nilsson and Bruno Frisoni admired the timelessness of a collection spanning four decades. “It’s amazing that it is all in such condition,” said Frisoni, adding that such true couture doesn’t exist in the same way anymore. Guests expressed mixed emotions. “It’s very beautiful, but it’s bittersweet for those who knew her well,” said Doncie Barroso, who spent almost a year cataloguing Kempner’s wardrobe after she died. Barroso flew in from New York with her mother, Silvina, Kempner’s former chef and housekeeper, who cast a rather different eye over the collection. “She was very fond of clothes, she kept buying things. They were in every place. In the children’s bathroom I put up a rail to hang more things. If she liked a scarf, then she bought a lot of them, which was much more work of course, to put things in order.”
TARGET DOWN SOUTH: Target — the Australian one — is hoping for a little repeat discount designer business via a new tie-in with Australian design star Josh Goot. In Sydney on Wednesday, Target Australia — which is not connected to Target U.S. — said it will launch a capsule collection designed by Goot. At 12 pieces, the range, which bows on June 19, is much smaller than the 42-piece one the retailer offered from Stella McCartney this spring. The Goot line will also launch into “select stores” as distinct from the 100 in which McCartney’s range was released. Goot’s line includes tanks, a trenchcoat, leggings, pencil skirts, cardigans and a blazer. Launched on Sydney’s runways just two years ago, Goot’s main line is carried by Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus, Browns Focus and Colette, among others. Having shown in New York for the past two seasons, the 27-year-old designer is planning a third New York show for September.