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LAND OF MISFITS: U.S. Open top-seed Justine Henin tends to play it safe with her tennis whites, but count on Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters to spin some heads with their center court attire come next week. And many stadium goers will be keeping their eyes on Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ana Ivanovic. Interestingly enough, organizers have turned to Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and perhaps the least expected guest, Tony Hawk, to headline Saturday’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. There will also be a few less athletically inclined guests, including Sean Kingston, Keke Palmer and former “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Kattan.
HOT SHOT: Seems Marc Jacobs isn’t the only designer with a thing for fallen angels. Hedi Slimane, who dedicated a photo book to train-wreck rocker Pete Doherty, just posted two portraits of singer Amy Winehouse on his Web site — part of his online visual diary. Courtney Love is another favorite subject for Slimane, who seems to be concentrating on photography and art exhibitions in his post-Dior Homme career.
ALPHABET SOUP: As the inevitable stream of fashion week invites trickles in, here’s another one to add to the heap. On Sept. 6, Margherita Missoni will help Rachel Zoe celebrate the publication of her new book “Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty & Everything Glamour.” The evening will begin with a private-seated dinner followed by a cocktail party at, appropriately, Socialista. Will any of Zoe’s loyal acolytes like Demi Moore, Liv Tyler and Jennifer Garner make an appearance?
START YOUR ENGINES: Yeohlee Teng was the only fashion designer whose work was featured in last weekend’s Infiniti Gallery of Design at the 57th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, Calif. Five of her fall looks were in the “Form Follows Emotion” exhibition, which was pulled together by Michael Gabellini and featured creations from Kohler, Bambu, Shu Uemura and others. Stretched fabric walls wrapped around the space like a sculptural ribbon, but the gallery’s centerpiece, of course, was Infiniti’s new G37 coupe.
THROUGH ROSE COLORED GLASSES: Fabien Baron has a vision and soon you’ll be able to buy it — retail. The advertising and creative guru — famous for his work at Calvin Klein, Burberry and Balenciaga, to name a few — is creating his own line of eyewear. Next month, the Baron & Baron founder will unveil a partnership with eyewear manufacturer Modo. The line will initially be sold at Ilori, the soon-to-open luxury eyewear chain owned by Luxottica Group.
UNSOUR GRAPES: Although Jacob Arabov faces trial on Nov. 5 for federal charges for allegedly laundering more than $270 million in proceeds from the sale of illegal narcotics on behalf of a Detroit organization known as the Black Mafia Family — to which he has pleaded not guilty — he still likes to party. The jeweler famous for bedecking the likes of Jay-Z and Paris Hilton in over-the-top diamond jewelry, is launching a new category, vodka. He has introduced Bocaj (Jacob spelled backward), which is made from a family recipe based on grapes rather than wheat. The $75-a-bottle elixir comes in a frosted glass bottle meant to look like a rough diamond and is distilled four times for no stinging aftertaste. No word on whether his jewelry clients receive it as a gift-with-purchase.
WHEELS OF FORTUNE: As Kate Moss can attest, a drug scandal needn’t always be a career killer. To wit, German sportswear giant Adidas said it will continue to sponsor the T-Mobile cycling team, despite persistent allegations of doping within the sport. The team’s Patrik Sinkewitz was one of a number of high-profile competitors who failed drug tests during the Tour de France race this summer. “We have decided that we’re going to stick by the team, and together we will fight against doping,” said an Adidas spokeswoman. Adidas, which has backed the team since 1997, has stipulated that its sponsorship contract will be terminated if any future instances of doping arise.