NO SHOW: Emanuel Ungaro, which parted ways with designer Peter Dundas in July, will forego the catwalk during Paris Fashion Week and has canceled its scheduled Oct. 4 outing. “As we await the appointment of a creative director, we decided not to have a runway show,” Mounir Moufarrige, Ungaro’s chief executive officer, said Thursday. He noted the spring collection will be designed by an in-house team and sold at its Avenue Montaigne salons Oct. 5 to 11. Moufarrige said he would name a new designer “in due course. We’ll be out on the runway in March with a new designer.” He declined further comment on the search. According to sources, former Chloé designer Phoebe Philo and hot London newcomer Christopher Kane are among those who have been approached.
LADY LUCK: What do Yoko Ono, Sylvie Fleury and Sophie Calle have in common? Word has it the three prominent artists are among those who have been asked by Chanel to create works for its “Mobile Art” project involving a Zaha Hadid-designed pavilion that will travel around the world, starting in January in Hong Kong. Chanel has commissioned 15 contemporary artists and given them carte blanche to create works inspired by its iconic quilted handbag.
BRITISH INVASION: The rest of Hollywood may call it Emmy Week, but Los Angeles’ British Consulate-General Bob Peirce and his American wife, Sharon Harroun Peirce, have other ideas. The highlight of the inaugural “Brit Week” will be a fashion luncheon today at their Hancock Park residence featuring a Zandra Rhodes fashion show and a bevy of Brit beauties such as Victoria Beckham. Harroun Peirce, former fashion publicist from Washington, says she hopes to make it into an annual event. “People think it’s exciting to be invited to an event at the consulate, so I try to make each one really special. And each invitation clearly states a dress code,” she added. Still, the practice hasn’t prevented the fashions from running the gamut from sequins to blue jeans. “At least in Los Angeles, individualism is part of the attitude here, so people can pull it off. It’s a bit different from Washington,” she said.
STELLA FOR STARS: Malibu, Calif., moms Liane Weintraub and Shannon Swanson have a fan in Stella McCartney, who caught sight of a magazine story about their organic baby food line, TastyBaby, and contacted the two to ask them to host a shopping benefit for the Children’s Action Network this Saturday at the Stella store on Melrose Avenue. The event will feature activities for tots while their famous moms — Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Capshaw, Courteney Cox Arquette, Cindy Crawford, Angie Harmon, Rosetta Getty, Jennifer Meyer, Gabrielle Reece and Jamie Tisch among them — preview the spring collection.
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CHARGE IT: For retailers and editors, fashion week is a job. But for the celebs on the scene, it’s just another chance to shop. Victoria Beckham, for one, eyed the surrealist dresses at Marc Jacobs Monday night, perhaps coming up with a wish list to give her husband, David. “I buy him clothes, he buys me clothes, we help each other out,” she said. Earlier that day, Beckham browsed Bergdorf Goodman, stopping at BG for lunch and then hours later for coffee with her pals and security detail. Beckham, who also was at Oscar de la Renta, flew back to Los Angeles Wednesday after meeting with retailers and manufacturers about her own fashion line, DVB.