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SO GOOD: Fendi’s party tonight to fete its new Avenue Montaigne flagship will be the hottest ticket of the week — and we mean mob scene — when you read this next line. Amy Winehouse is the surprise guest performer, according to a Paris source. The Grammy winner and fashion heroine is slated to headline an event for 400 happy few that will also feature a presentation of Fendi furs and ready-to-wear by Karl Lagerfeld, plus a range of guest DJs.

This story first appeared in the February 29, 2008 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

MORE MORE MORE!!: Is the prospect of a new fashion week for precollections in Milan as enticing as a plate of penne all’arrabiata? Or would it bring on indigestion in an industry already reeling with a grueling pace of collections and shows? The Italian Chamber of Fashion is about to find out as it defines Milano Moda Precollection, which would consist of showroom presentations and shows twice a year. For pre-spring, retailers would place orders May 20 to June 6 this year, while fashion houses would invite select members of the press to atelierlike presentations and/or shows from May 26-30. For fall, dates would be Nov. 25 to Dec. 12 for retailers, and Dec. 1-5 for press. “The idea is to promote technical shows based on the private, couture-style runway shows of the past,” said chamber head Mario Boselli, adding that a men’s wear project also is in the works. The scheme is seen as a move to woo back to Italy, brands such as Gucci and Alberta Ferretti, which have been showing cruise in New York.

IN THE FAMILY: Sixties supermodel Twiggy had double reason to show up at Stella McCartney Thursday — her daughter, Carly Whitney, is an assistant designer at the brand. “I’ve known Stella since she was two days old, and now I’ve got my daughter here, too. It’s family,” she said. The icon said she’s bringing out a style and beauty book for 40-plus-year-old women with Penguin this fall, but wouldn’t give any tips away, insisting: “You’ve got to buy it, they would kill me.” Twiggy also has expanded her clothing line for British catalogue retailer Littlewoods to include bed linen and is still part of Marks & Spencer’s celebrity dream team, which has changed around of late. “We haven’t done a commercial yet with Lily [Cole] because she’s filming and we’ve lost Laura [Bailey] because she’s pregnant,” Twiggy said. “I miss her, we’ve all become close. They’re my girls.”

TICKER PARADE: Marc Jacobs has a new project up his sleeve — literally. On Sunday, after the Louis Vuitton show, Jacobs plans to unveil a new gold watch he designed for the French luxury brand. Meanwhile, Vuitton had a very high-profile visitor to one of its leather goods ateliers this week: French President Nicolas Sarkozy. He visited a plant in Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule in central France and watched workers produce a monogram Neverfull bag. At the end of the tour, workers offered him one of the bags, which he told them would make his new wife, Carla Bruni, one happy First Lady.

LOST IN TRANSLATION: Winona Ryder cuddled up with her rock star fiancé, Blake Sennett, a guitarist in the indie band Rilo Kiley, at Valentino’s show Thursday. “I’m a little overwhelmed today. I’m totally jet-lagged,” sighed Ryder, though she soon brightened up, pointing out umpteen outfits to Sennett throughout the show. The actress will soon start filming “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” and disclosed she’s also been working on a film with her fiancé, called “Water Pill.” French actress Mylène Jampanoï, meanwhile, revealed she’s signed a beauty contract with Christian Dior Parfums. Jean-Baptiste Mondino photographed the first campaign, which will appear in Asia only. The French-Chinese star tapped an altogether darker side for her latest film, “Martyrs,” directed by Pascal Laugier. “I play a psychopathic killer. I kill people one by one, it was quite an experience,” she related. The actress also will appear in “Le Bal des Actrices” alongside Charlotte Rampling, Julie Depardieu and Mélanie Laurent. “Big Love” star Ginnifer Goodwin has just wrapped “He’s Just Not That Into You,” based on the best-selling book and with a cast including Scarlett Johansson and Ben Affleck. “I play a woman who has been, like most women, completely misinformed as to the language men use and the signs in terms of whether a fella likes you or not,” explained Goodwin. “Ugly Betty” star Rebecca Romijn said she was relishing the prospect of a real fashion show. “It’s a change from the make-believe version, although I think they [‘Ugly Betty’] get it close to right,” she said.

GEM DADDY: Both fashion and jewelry addicts will get a fix at the John Galliano show on Saturday when the designer will jazz up his fall offerings with a preview of his new fine jewels. Produced by upscale jeweler Valente, Galliano worked three themes — Topkapi-inspired daggers, flowers and coins. The mix of stones is of the edgy ilk with combinations of lapis lazuli, white and brown diamonds, cornel and orange sapphire, nestled in etched or lacey looking gold. The jewels will hit stores in the fall.

ROCK FACE: MAC Cosmetics and Emanuel Ungaro will launch a cobranded, limited edition makeup line this October. Comprising eight to 12 products, it’s inspired by the colors and textures concocted for Wednesday’s show. Makeup artist Sharon Dowsett, working with MAC, took newbie designer Esteban Cortazar’s lead for the look. “Esteban gave me very great inspiration,” she said, using words such as “organic” and “pebble.” “I went a bit further along that path and went to see Monet’s water lilies at the Orangerie.” MAC has had only one other color cosmetics-designer tie-in to date; last year, it produced a limited edition makeup collection with Alexander McQueen, which hit counters in fall 2007.


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