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OUT ON A LIMB: As a former model, Alexa Chung knows her body well enough to go for what suits her best. “Smocks, absolutely,” said Chung, wearing precisely one such dress at Moschino Cheap & Chic Sunday night. “I’m very limby, and if I wear tight clothes they make me look like I’m a child pretending to be an adult.” Still, Chung, a presenter of the daily music-based breakfast show “Freshly Squeezed,” on England’s Channel 4, likes variety. “I adore to put outfits together,” she said. “After all, I used to want to be a fashion journalist.”
GATHERING MOSS: Once the fashion folk have cleared out of Milan, Yves Saint Laurent will move in with its fashion message for regular folk, distributing on the street a newsprint advertising flyer to Milanese — and Londoners — starting on Saturday. A total of a million copies of YSL’s latest “Manifesto,” featuring images of Kate Moss from the spring-summer 2008 campaign shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, will also be distributed in Tokyo, in Paris during fashion week, and in Hong Kong in mid-April.
Large-scale images will be displayed in outdoor locations in New York, London and Hong Kong, while a “making-of” video will be posted on ysl.com, beginning Feb. 25.
SOMETHING BLUE: Alberta Ferretti pulled in her share of young actresses and socialites at her show on Monday, with red-headed former model and writer Jessica Joffe; German actress Bettina Zimmermann; aristocrat Lavinia Borromeo and Agnelli heir Ginevra Elkann in the front row. “I came straight from a friend’s wedding in Venice to the show,” said a dedicated Joffe.
EYE SPY: Something otherworldly, gleaming white with a purplish glow at night, has touched down in a car park in central Hong Kong — and select journalists throughout Asia have been watching it via live Web cam. It’s Zaha Hadid’s futuristic pavilion for Chanel’s “Mobile Art” initiative, slated to open for visits later this month. The structure will house a series of multisensory installations inspired by the fashion house’s iconic quilted, chain-handled accessory. Karl Lagerfeld and Hadid are expected to touch down in Hong Kong March 12 for a party to inaugurate the exhibition, which runs through April 5 before heading next for Tokyo. Meanwhile, Chanel has confirmed the venue for its cruise show in Miami on May 15: poolside at the Art Deco gem, the Raleigh Hotel.
BAGGING A STAR: Leather goods firm Lancel is ramping up the celebrity factor for its next campaign, having tapped acclaimed actress Isabelle Adjani. The campaign shoot is to take place in coming weeks and will be launched in France and Asia in May. Adjani is gearing up for a busy year, with three movies in the works, plus an album. French actress Alice Taglioni and Olympic swimmer Laure Manaudou have been featured in previous Lancel campaigns.
FERRAGAMO’S PAS DE DEUX: Under designer Massimiliano Giornetti, Ferragamo’s men’s wear has grown leaner, sharper and younger. Now the Italian fashion house has found the right face for its new image: Roberto Bolle. The La Scala principal dancer will star in Ferragamo’s fall 2008 ad campaign. Mario Testino is set to shoot the portfolio in Italy later this spring. The Italian-born ballet whiz is expected at Ferragamo’s fall show today in Milan. Don’t expect him to leap and turn across the runway, though. That will happen next month when he performs on behalf of Ferragamo during the company’s 80th anniversary celebration in Shanghai.
SUPER PREVIEW: Those who can’t wait until May to see the Costume Institute’s “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy” exhibit can get a preview this Wednesday. The Metropolitan Museum of Art president Emily Rafferty, along with Giorgio Armani, the Costume Institute’s Harold Koda and Vogue’s Anna Wintour will hold a special press presentation to disclose more details of the exhibit. The event will feature five outfits from the show, including the Batman costume used for the upcoming Batman sequel “The Dark Knight” — as well as four looks from European designers inspired by the likes of Superman and Spider-Man. There’s just one hitch: The event will take place at 8:30 a.m. at Milan’s Teatro Manzoni.
FUCHSIA’S FIRST FILM: Fuchsia Kate Sumner, whose parents are Sting and his first wife, Frances Tomelty, is working with her favorite fashion label, Issa, to film a documentary on the making of the fall collection. “Lots of friends of mine are filmmakers, so hopefully I’ve learned through osmosis. I’ve always wanted to direct, but only last year had the confidence to do it,” she said. Sumner’s four-minute film, which includes backstage scenes prior to the show and insights into the collection’s creation, was set to appear on the label’s Web site after Thursday’s runway show in London. It will mark an ongoing collaboration between Sumner and Issa’s founder, Daniella Helayel, who also plans to create an original five-minute drama featuring the label’s clothes. “I’m still learning — I’m not a seasoned director yet. This is my first attempt. Hopefully it will speak for itself.”
LADY IN RED: The Golden Globes didn’t happen there this year, but the Beverly Hilton ballroom will be the setting for the 10th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards today. To commemorate the anniversary, the first CDG Career Award Recipient, Bob Mackie, and this year’s recipient, Ray Aghayan, designed a red gown for the evening’s mistress of ceremonies, Anjelica Huston. Although Mackie and Aghayan have collaborated for decades on film and television projects, this marks the first time they have come together to design a gown for an award show. Among the evening’s other honorees are Tom Cruise’s producing partner, Paula Wagner (recipient of the Swarovski President’s Award); costume designer Ruth Meyers (Lacoste Career Achievement in Film), and James Mangold and Cathy Konrad (Distinguished Director/Producer Award). Huston’s gown eventually will be donated to Clothes Off Our Back to be auctioned for charity.