PHOTO OP: Behind every picture, there’s a story. And behind every dress, there are a heck of a lot of photos. So said Christian Lacroix at a press conference Wednesday in Paris to unveil the program for the Rencontres D’Arles photography festival he’s curating. It will run July 8 to Sept. 14 and boasts plenty of attractions for the fashion crowd. These include a history of video fashion, runway images by Guy Marineau and behind-the-scenes Polaroids and inspiration collages from assorted Lacroix collections. The sprawling festival will also feature photography by the likes of Richard Avedon, Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindbergh and Guido Mocafico.
OPERA NIGHT: Twenty designs by the late Gianfranco Ferré will line the stairs of Paris’ Palais Garnier on Sunday night, as part of an homage organized by the city of Milan. The display is part of an event held to promote the city’s bid, up against the city of Izmir in Turkey, to host Expo 2015, geared to sustainable development for food. The winning candidate will be revealed in Paris on Monday. Giambattista Valli and Stefano Pilati are said to be among designers invited to the event that will also feature a live concert by Italian blues-rock star Elisa.
T FOR TONIC: Tonic, the socially and environmentally conscious label, has turned to Luella Bartley for a charitable endeavor. London-based Bartley created four T-shirts as part of Tonic’s “Every T Counts” initiative, where each sale benefits the cause its design was inspired by. “I love how the proceeds from the T-shirts go to all sorts of different causes, from helping kids in Colombia with dental care to protecting coral reef in the Pacific,” Bartley said. Thirty percent of each $45 cotton-bamboo blend T-shirt sale will benefit one of four organizations. Bartley’s Robin Tee design, for instance, will benefit the Alive & Kicking UK organization, with each sale resulting in one soccer ball given to school children in Kenya. The Stag Tee design is in partnership with the Friends of Paradis des Indiens program, with each sale giving a pair of sneakers to a student in Abricots, Haiti. The Pagan Sun Tee, meanwhile, is slated for SaveNature.org, and each shirt will contribute toward the protection of an endangered coral reef in the Pacific Ocean. And each Scary Douglas Tee sale, in partnership with the Global Fund for Children, will help give two children in Colombia one year of dental care.
Tonic’s goal is to sell 2,500 of each of the shirts, which go on sale at tonicgen.com on April 4.
THE COVER-UP: It’s a good thing Alexandra Lind Rose knows her way around Palm Beach, Fla. Before staging a joint fashion show with Alfred Fiandaca at the Colony Hotel last week, the designer had to dash out for brown tights for a few models — not an easy assignment in the Sunshine State. After hitting Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, Rose, a Palm Beach regular, dug out a few pairs of Fogal. Patty Raynes, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Eleanora Kennedy, Jesse Araskog, Liz Lind, Grace Meigher, Louis Rose and Lily and Merilee Holt were among the first to preview the fall collection.
LONDON CALLING: Halston’s British fans who missed their chance to get a dress through Net-a-porter.com right after the show need not worry. Come June, they will be able to find a whole Halston showcase at Selfridges. Halston has struck a deal with the upscale British department store. The partnership will include an 800-square-foot Halston shop-in-shop, which will offer pieces from the ready-to-wear and evening collections as well as handbags and shoes. And what’s more, Halston will be in good company. The shop-in-shop will be located on the Oxford Street flagship’s Super Brands floor, which has similar areas for Balenciaga, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana.
END OF AN ERA?: For 16 years, the DKNY-painted wall on the corner of West Houston Street and Broadway served as an unofficial entrance to SoHo. Just like so many things iconic to the neighborhood, though, it could soon meet its ending. The Broadway building featuring the wall on its north side was recently sold, resulting in DKNY losing the right to use it this month. Painted in 1992, the image, which was based on a logo designed by Peter Arnell, offers a look at the downtown Manhattan skyline, including the Twin Towers and a superimposed Statue of Liberty.