JOINING THE RUSH: Alberta Ferretti is the latest designer to jump the Atlantic to show her cruise collection. The runway show will be held May 15 at the brand’s U.S. headquarters on 56th Street in Manhattan. Ferretti is the second Italian designer to hold a resort show in New York; Gucci’s Frida Giannini did so two years ago, followed by Dior and Chanel last year. “Over the past three years, cruise has shown a growth of between 35 and 40 percent each season in the U.S. for us,” Ferretti told WWD. “I believe it’s important to support it and further boost its visibility in a city such as New York.” In December, Ferretti decided to start presenting her Philosophy ready-to-wear line in New York, kicking off with the fall 2007 collection.
PEN PALS: It looks like Lars Nilsson will be the next designer to take on a guest editing role. Nilsson will coedit Acne Paper 5, the large-format magazine published by Sweden’s ultrahip Acne Jeans. “He was so enthusiastic,” said Thomas Persson, editor in chief of Acne Paper. “The next issue will focus on elegance.” Persson said Nilsson would contribute to editorial and help to select personalities to be featured in the issue, being launched in September.
DAISY’S DUDS: Model and London party fixture Daisy Lowe might not be a full-fledged celebrity, but she’s soon set to have one of the trappings of fame — her own clothing line. The model will work with her mother, Pearl Lowe, who’s known for her delicate lace dresses, to launch a diffusion line in the same vein. “It’s in the embryonic stages,” said a spokeswoman for Pearl Lowe. “The collection will be in the signature lace, with more playful pieces, as it’s a younger line.” The spokeswoman said the collection was set to be launched between the fall and next spring.
TOT SHOP: Move over, Madge and Geri Halliwell. Walter Van Beirendonck, the bearded designer who first made fashion headlines in the Eighties as one of the Antwerp Six, has released a series of five children’s books in Flemish dubbed “ZulupaPUWA.” The tales are a taster for a children’s clothing line by the designer in collaboration with Belgian kid’s brand JBC, which will be released in August. “They’re supposed to encourage children to have a conscience about the world,” said Van Beirendonck, who in January succeeded Linda Loppa as manager of the fashion department at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, where he’s been teaching since 1985.