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MUSICAL CHAIRS: Dan and Dean Caten are amassing a flock of songbirds under their wings. After having Christina Aguilera on their runway, the Dsquared twins have a new partner in camp: Fergie. She turned to the designers to make cameo appearances in her upcoming video “Clumsy,” set to drop early next month. The duo appears styling Fergie for a fake shoot and later accompanies her down a mock Dsquared stage. In both scenes, the petite chanteuse plays a model not so graceful on her heels who falls off the set and the runway.
Meanwhile, word has it the boys have another high-wattage pop star lined up for their show on Thursday: Rihanna.
ALL IN THE FAMILY: Gucci Group chief executive officer Robert Polet finagled a last-minute invitation to Tuesday’s Bottega Veneta show for his 22-year-old daughter, Anne-Christine. She said it was her first big show, despite a keen interest in fashion that may turn into a career. While getting her masters in international management at Bocconi University in Milan, the young Polet is enjoying fashion’s highs and lows. Propped on her shoulder was a Bottega bag in caramel leather, but what about her taupe-colored knit dress? “It’s Topshop, actually,” she said.
ITALIAN JOB: Mischa Barton made a two-day stop in Milan mid-fashion week, accompanied by designer Giambattista Valli. “I only visit Italy when I’m with an Italian — they take you to all the best spots,” she said Monday night at the T Magazine party, attended by the likes of Donatella Versace, Ennio Capasa and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. “I thought we were going to dinner, but we made a small detour.” Barton, who just finished shooting “Assassination of a High School President” in New York, also caught Iceberg’s show on Tuesday. The actress will start work on a new film next month, a psychological thriller called “Walled In.” Capasa, on the other hand, has more civic priorities: He’s working with the city of Otranto, on the coast of Puglia, to revitalize some areas of the city. “I’d like to do all of the city, but for now the project just covers one third of it,” he said.
ASIA MINOR: Asia Argento took a break from fashion’s front rows Monday and plunked herself in front of a set of turntables at Milan’s Pinko store. The actress spun an eclectic mix of records, ranging from classic soul to Amy Winehouse and even a snippet of spoken word from Marlene Dietrich.
SICK BAY: Raf Simons wasn’t being antisocial after Tuesday’s Jil Sander show when editors and retailers were barred from going backstage to offer congratulations. Rather, Simons was feeling seriously under the weather from an ear infection and not in condition to receive well-wishers.
BASTA PASTA: No Cotoletta alla Milanese for Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, who took in Moschino Tuesday along with Rosario Dawson and Sienna Guillory. “She is a Buddhist and a vegetarian,” said her translator. The actress, whose most recent movie, “Blood Brothers,” was selected to close the 64th Venice Film Festival earlier this month, will start working on a still-unnamed film in Hong Kong next year. Dawson said she just wrapped up “Explicit Ills” in Philadelphia, for which Jim Jarmusch is executive producer. “My friend Mark Webber is writing and directing. It’s his directorial debut,” she said. Guillory, who called Rossella Jardini’s clothes “insouciant,” is starring in “Inkheart,” with Halle Berry, coming out next year, and is filming a pilot for Fox.
FAN CLUB: Liborio Capizzi, who guided the design team behind Monday night’s Gianfranco Ferré show, may not have succeeded the late “architect of fashion” — Lars Nilsson nabbed the top job — but he had plenty of supporters backstage. “I really wanted to see the show,” said singer Skin, who has appeared in Gianfranco Ferré campaigns and was a regular at the late designer’s shows. “[Capizzi] is truly an unsung hero, a silent genius. [Ferré] would have been extremely proud of him.” Meanwhile, Skin said she’s busy recording two albums due out next year, including an electronic album.
IN THE PINK: A striking and unusually dressed princess turned up at the La Perla show on Tuesday — hailing all the way from Tibet. Decked out in her traditional chupa — a kimono-like floor-length dress — Princess Yabshi Pan Rinzinwangmo made heads turn. “A ceremonial outfit? No, it’s simply what women wear regularly on the streets,” she said, noting she plans to take in the Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace shows as well.
TOEHOLD: Marta Romagna, prima ballerina at La Scala, could have been mistaken for a model, with her lithe figure and perfect posture, sitting at the Blumarine show. Romagna will actually wear Anna Molinari’s designs — but not on a runway. Molinari has designed Romagna’s costumes for “Romeo and Juliet,” which will come to the U.S. in June and return to La Scala the following February. “She has a delicate touch, and her costumes really work on stage,” said Romagna. That’s no surprise: Molinari is honorary president of La Scala’s ballet school.