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MC HAMMER: Andrea Casiraghi rallied his nearest and dearest to a lavish dinner and auction Wednesday night at Maxim’s in Paris to aid a cerebral palsy charity. The heiress herd — including Eugenie Niarchos, Charlotte Casiraghi, Gaia Repossi and Andrea Casiraghi’s sweetheart Tatiana Santo Domingo — were among the boisterous bidders. Summer plans dominated table small talk. “I’ll be returning to Corsica for the fourth time where we camp out on our boat,” enthused Lee Radziwill. But Pierre Cardin wasn’t having any of it. “I haven’t got time for holidays,” he huffed. Cardin said he’s busy organizing the Lacoste Festival in Provence, France, that he’s been directing since 1994. Meanwhile, art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac said he’s commissioned a Franco-American installation for fall involving industrial designer Matalie Crasset and abstract artist Peter Halley. The monthlong event will bow Sept. 15.
THE REAL ME: There were two Diesel chiefs in Florence on Thursday, the real Renzo Rosso and his 3-D hologram, projected on the runway in a new location near the Fortezza da Basso, where the men’s wear trade exhibition Pitti Uomo is held. Rosso gave the press a preview of the event held Thursday evening: a show of the Diesel spring-summer 2008 collections for men and women enriched with holograms visible from both sides of the runway. “It’s fantastic, creative, innovative, out of this world,” said the curly-haired Rosso in excited tones. “For the first time, holograms can be seen on the runway, moving, chasing the models, from different perspectives. We can show makeup that doesn’t exist, morph models into fish, show flying snakes, giant watches, anything,” he said. “We are known for our innovative products, marketing and communication, and we want to continue to be considered pioneers.” Diesel held two runway shows on Thursday and three more are slated for today, with 55 outfits and 15 fantasy images, streaming live on the Internet. Another upcoming project for Rosso? A home collection next year.
POLITICAL BRIEFS: When Joe Corre and Serena Rees, founders of the racy lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, were made Members of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s birthday honors last week, eyebrows were raised. But what made an even bigger splash in the British press was Corre’s announcement Wednesday that his political convictions had prompted him to change his mind and reject the award. “To accept this MBE as an honor would mean…that I would have to accept the prime minister as someone capable of giving an honor…which I cannot find it in my heart to do,” said Corre. He elaborated on his views in an article he penned for page one of London’s Independent newspaper Thursday, in which he described Tony Blair — whose Labour Party Corre said had chosen the recipients to honor — as “dishonest” for taking Britain to war in Iraq and Afghanistan and charged Blair had “dreamt up this thing called spin.” But while Corre may be firmly anti-Blair, his hostility doesn’t extend to the Queen, whom he said he would be “honored to have as a customer.”
Rebellion runs in Corre’s blood — after all, he’s the son of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, who once produced a collection called Seditionaries. But even his mum accepted a Damehood from Buckingham Palace last year and an MBE several years ago — albeit while wearing a see-through body stocking with fig leaves in strategic places. And Rees will be keeping her honor, too. “She’s delighted to accept her recognition,” said a spokeswoman for Agent Provocateur, who confirmed the couple continue to work together on the brand despite their reported marriage split late last year.
NEW DEAL: Dsquared appears to be the latest to join the eyewear craze. Canadian designers Dan and Dean Caten are said to have signed an eyewear license with a major Italian company, although they declined to reveal which one. “Dsquared wants to cut the glare,” Dean Caten said.
TOEING THE LINE: David Lynch is tiptoeing further into fashion. During couture week in Paris, the filmmaker will unveil an eye-popping photo collaboration with Christian Louboutin. “You can’t imagine the beauty of the pictures,” enthused Louboutin, who designed surreal styles like spike-heeled pointed shoes especially for the shoot. “I’m over the moon.” The July 3 party is dubbed a preview of an exhibition this fall at Pierre Passebon‘s gallery.
CHINA CLUB: What do Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Christian Lacroix and Vivienne Westwood have in common? Word has it they’re among designers solicited for a quirky porcelain project to be unveiled in January in Paris. According to a source, the designers have been contacted by a German porcelain factory in Nymphenburg to reinterpret a collection of ancient porcelain figurines from its archive. The original pieces were made by Franz Anton Bustelli, an 18-century modeler of porcelain sculpture who was employed by the factory.
THE GOOD GERMAN: Berlin continues to beckon Hedi Slimane. The former Dior Homme designer, who has done a photo book dedicated to the city, has back-to-back art openings slated there next week. While the men’s shows get under way in Paris, Slimane is slated to attend an opening at the Clemens Tissi gallery on June 29 to show off his “F System” furniture line. He is also awaited the next night at Arndt & Partner for the opening of “Sweet Bird of Youth,” a group show curated by Slimane featuring his own art alongside works by Ryan McGinley, Paul P, Terence Koh, Nate Lowman, Dash Snow and others.