LUCKY LADIES: Eva Longoria was clad in custom-made Chanel and Vera Wang and Boucheron jewelry when she wed basketball player Tony Parker this past weekend in Paris, but she didn’t leave her girlfriends empty-handed. Her stylist Robert Verdi asked designer Rafe Totengco to create one-of-a-kind minaudières for each of Longoria’s 10 bridesmaids to carry during the wedding reception. Crafted in anthracite water snake and adorned with smoky rhinestones, the clutches came personalized with each bridesmaid’s initials. Totengco also made one as a gift for the bride, natch.
Her hunky B-baller didn’t do so poorly either. Cole Haan outfitted Parker and his party, which consisted of nine groomsmen and the fathers of both Parker and Longoria. The men donned Cole Haan’s custom-made black patent leather Air Lucarno Formal shoes and black calf-leather belts. The Air Lucarno Formal is a new style within Cole Haan’s Men’s State of the Art Collection. It’s handcrafted in Italy, designed with hidden Nike Air technology — just in case there’s a pickup game on the dance floor.
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UPTOWN BOYS: Giancarlo Giammetti has bought himself quite the anniversary present: Pierre Bergé‘s sumptuous New York apartment on the 38th floor of the Pierre Hotel. “I’m going next week to meet with the [co-op] board,” Giammetti, Valentino’s longtime business partner, said before Saturday night’s ball to fete the Roman house’s 45th anniversary. “I’ve never had a New York apartment.” Bergé put the two-bedroom corner suite on the block in 2004 after owning it for more than 30 years and has already sold the contents. In any case, Giammetti said he’s “going to change everything.” But he couldn’t be happier about the Central Park location. “[Valentino] is just 10 blocks away,” he said.
TEEING UP: Hussein Chalayan expects his exclusive line of T-shirts will attract shoppers, but not of the bricks-and-mortar ilk. The designer’s new limited edition T-shirts are exclusively available at husseinchalayan.com, the brand’s Web site, which went live last February. The collection for men and women exists in four prints — called Nature Worship, The Blind, In Shadows and Ataturk — taken from past Hussein Chalayan collections. The Ts retail for around $90.
EYE FOR A CAUSE: With the Tour de France only a few days away, Oakley released two special edition Lance Armstrong sunglasses that will benefit the athlete’s charities. With each sale of the $185 Radar single-lens sport shields and the $150 Flak Jacket dual-lens sunglasses, the company will donate $20 to the Lance Armstrong Foundation to support its mission to inspire and empower people affected by cancer.
The collection’s design features include jet-black frames with accents of yellow, a salute to the logo colors of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. “Livestrong” is laser-etched near the bottom of the lens, and a specially tagged microclear bag for cleaning and storage is included in the custom packaging. The first 2,000 pairs of each Livestrong Radar and Flak Jacket piece will be serialized.
KATE’S STILL GREAT: A spokeswoman for brand Agent Provocateur scotched rumors that its current poster girl, Kate Moss, is to be replaced for the fall ad campaign by a younger model — the daughter of one of her chums, to be precise. While British tabloids claimed the model was given the heave-ho in favor of Daisy Lowe, daughter of Pearl Lowe, a former member of Moss’ Primrose Hill crew, the spokeswoman said Moss’ contract had simply run its course. She added that Lowe had not been signed to appear in the ads.
“Recent suggestions that Kate Moss was dropped by Agent Provocateur are completely inaccurate. Last year, we enjoyed a collaboration with Kate on the ‘4 Dreams of Miss X’ campaign that was inspired by and created for her in collaboration with [director] Mike Figgis,” the spokeswoman said in a statement Wednesday. “We hope we will have the opportunity to work with her again in the future.” The spokeswoman also nixed rumors of a business rupture between Joe Corre and Serena Rees, the brand’s founders, following the ending of their marriage earlier this year. She said the duo would “continue to run Agent Provocateur together.”
SAUNDERS SAYS: In Paris to show his pre-collection for the first time, London designer Jonathan Saunders took time out last Wednesday to see his buddy Roland Mouret‘s first show in the City of Light. But it isn’t Paris that’s on Saunders’ mind. The designer said he had been mulling a showing of his fashion in Manhattan. “It’s an option,” he said.
STEP BACK IN TIME: Topshop may be known for turning around runway trends at lightning speed, but now the retailer is looking to the past for inspiration. The store’s Web site, topshop.com, will launch Archive today as an area devoted to one-of-a-kind vintage finds. The Web site will carry Lanvin, Chloé and Dior’s pieces from the Sixties and Seventies, and also introduce customers to London labels from the era, such as Lee Bender for Bus Stop, Biba, Mary Quant, Jean Veron, Ossie Clarke and Strawberry Studio. Alongside detailed pictures of the garments, which buyers have sourced everywhere from vintage fairs to eBay, Topshop will print biographies of the designers to give customers an idea of their significance in the fashion time line.
“We wanted to look at the history of these designers, and become an authority on vintage fashion,” said Clare Daws, a buyer for topshop.com. Daws said Topshop would not be working on new lines based on the vintage looks on its Web site. “We want people to understand and respect that these garments are one-offs,” she said.
Prices for the pieces aren’t typically Topshop’s, either, starting at about $131 for a minidress and running up to $1,000 for an Ossie Clarke gown. The Archive pieces will also be available to topshop.com’s international customers.