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LUNDGREN ON THE TURF: Following his appearance two weeks ago on “The Apprentice,” Macy’s Inc. chairman Terry J. Lundgren was back on TV Sunday though he didn’t expect to be. He was invited to the New England Patriots-San Diego Chargers playoff game by Patriots owner Robert Kraft. When the Patriots won, Kraft took Lundgren down to the field and they were both caught on camera receiving hugs from the euphoric Tom Brady.
“They know each other from black-tie charity events. They embraced and that was it,” said Jim Sluzewski, Macy’s spokesman. Sluzewski added that Lundgren also knows New York Giants star Michael Strahan from charity events, which means Lundgren may have mixed loyalties for the Super Bowl.
This story first appeared in the January 22, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
DIAL STYLE: Michelle Yeoh won’t have trouble keeping in touch while traveling around Africa, Vietnam and India for an upcoming documentary. “I’m designing my own phone,” the Chinese actress revealed at the Dior couture show Monday, noting her partner is luxury phone brand Vertu. Yeoh will be ringing up roaming charges as she tours Africa and Asia while working on “Make Roads Safe,” an international campaign on road safety. “I was horrified to learn about the shocking number of deaths that take place on unsafe roads,” she said. “I felt compelled to do something about it.”
Yeoh sat next to Diane Kruger in the front row. “I’ve just finished shooting ‘For Her,'” said Kruger. “It’s a balancing act between a thriller and a love story — as they always are.”
Burlesque artist Dita Von Teese said her latest project was developing a line in Europe for Wonderbra to debut later this year. “It’s perfect for me,” she said. Meanwhile, French actress Hélène de Fougerolles said she had dyed her blonde hair dark to play in the upcoming French horror film “Mutants.” “We’re filming in Chamonix, but I can’t do any skiing because of my contract,” she sighed.
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Antoine Arnault and Giambattista Valli turned out to celebrate the first anniversary of Lapo Elkann’s brand, Italia Independent, at Colette in Paris Friday night. Arnault disclosed Elkann and he, who have known each other for 10 years, own apartments just a floor apart in Paris’ swanky Invalides district. “He plays his music too loud,” Arnault joked. The LVMH honcho also shares the Fiat heir’s love of cars, with a trip planned to drive some 4,000 kilometers across China in May with Pietro Beccari, senior vice president of product and advertising for Louis Vuitton. “And I’m only coming if I’m driving,” he noted.?
CAR AND DRIVER: With his white ponytail, dark glasses and ever-present cameras, Karl Lagerfeld is almost as well known as a photographer as he is a fashion designer. But the folks over at Volvo apparently did not ask permission to use his likeness for its latest ad. It depicts dozens of camera-wielding Lagerfeld look-alikes surrounding its newest compact car, the C30 hatchback, and snapping like crazy. “They think I should be flattered, perhaps,” Lagerfeld said. “It’s not the chicest car I am promoting — without knowing I did it.” The campaign was produced for Switzerland only and will no longer be published, according to a Volvo spokesman, who declined further comment.
BLEACHERS CHIC: Kris Van Assche’s runway debut for Dior Homme Sunday night at the climax of Men’s Fashion Week in Paris brought out all kinds of fashion-world heavyweights, from Bernard Arnault to John Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld. Despite all that star power, however, Amanda Lepore and American rapper Cazwell stole the spotlight, creating a paparazzi frenzy as they were escorted to their seats.
STEPPING OUT: Word is that Roger Vivier could be about to welcome a new general manager. According to a Paris source, Sabine Brunner, who heads up Tod’s business in Asia-Pacific, is headed to Paris to run the luxury footwear and accessories firm.
BANK JOB: Comme des Garçons is taking its “guerrilla store” concept to America. Scheduled to open on Feb. 16 for one year, the boutique will take up residence in a former bank in downtown Los Angeles at 125 West 4th Street. The industrial space features 25-foot-high ceilings, concrete floors and white-tiled walls.
THE SKINNY ON SLIMANE: Hedi Slimane, who exited Dior Homme last spring, may no longer show during Men’s Fashion Week, but his fashion instincts are still on display. His new visual “fashion diary,” just added to his Web site, hedislimane.com, includes striking close-ups of actress-singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, rocker Pete Doherty in a topcoat and fedora and scores of nattily dressed young men in nightclubs. The photo archives go back to Slimane’s days at Yves Saint Laurent and include castings, fittings and backstage scenes.