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PINAULT’S PAINTINGS: François Pinault’s art collection has very deep reserves. The French billionaire, who owns Gucci Group, is staging a show at the Tri Postal in Lille, France, that unveils even more of the pieces in his staggering collection, which includes work from Richard Serra and Jeff Koons. The latest exhibit concentrates on Pinault’s video and photography holdings, including Bill Viola’s “The Voyage,” Shirin Neshat’s “Anchorage” and work by Cindy Sherman. Pinault gave a first glimpse of his collection during the inaugural exhibit of his Palazzo Grassi museum in Venice last year. More is to come: the tycoon is also developing a contemporary art space at the Dogana, an old customs building in Venice. The show in Lille runs through Jan. 1.
IN RECOVERY: Olivier Labesse, a communications adviser and spokesman for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and its chairman Bernard Arnault, is in a Paris hospital recovering from injuries after being struck by a car on Oct. 20. Labesse, a popular figure on the French fashion and corporate scene, works at the Paris firm DGM Conseil.
GRENIER GOES GREEN: Actor Adrian Grenier is a down-to-earth jeans and T-shirt guy on HBO’s hit comedy “Entourage,” but in real life he’s gussying up his closet with environmentally friendly duds, including a gray suit by eco designer Linda Loudermilk. “It’s freaking awesome,” Grenier said at the party DDCLab hosted with Radar magazine on Thursday night in its Los Angeles shop to benefit the nonprofit organization Charity. “I hope to replace my entire wardrobe with eco-friendly clothes.” Grenier was in the right place, as DDCLab auctioned off an array of sustainable style, including a men’s cork blazer that retails for $2,800 and a women’s purple scoop neck dress made of bamboo, silk and cotton with a ruched seam slithering down the back. Though ecology is currently catching on as a fashion trend, DDCLab designer Savania Davies Keiller said the New York-based company has been using soy and corn fibers for eight years. Still, DDCLab knew how to mix philanthropy with fun. To raise awareness on clean, safe drinking water, DDCLab got Grenier and other guests to race down a short track in the store while lugging two yellow jugs of water to the theme song from “Rocky.”
This story first appeared in the October 30, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
STARS IN THE SOUTH: Some impressive acting talent descended on Savannah, Ga., over the weekend when Savannah College of Art and Design kicked off its annual Film Festival with a tribute to Michael Douglas, and three Redgrave siblings — Vanessa, Lynn and Corin. The thespians received Lifetime Achievement Awards Saturday night. Douglas, with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and their two children, took horse-and-carriage rides around the historic district, “amazed that every building I see here is one that’s been restored by SCAD,” he said, accepting the award.
The Redgraves ate lunch Saturday at The Lady & Sons, Paula Deen’s famous restaurant, although they avoided the block-long lines that queue up at 7 a.m. daily for reservations. “This [event] is so important, not just for Savannah, but as a national and international event,” said Corin Redgrave. “It’s the greatest excitement, urge and stimulus to go on and do more.”
Milos Forman, who directed “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” (produced by Douglas in 1975), was in the audience Saturday, and will be honored before the festival ends Saturday.