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ROLLING STONE: During a swing through Paris late last week, Sharon Stone was definitely in touch with her shopping instincts. Dressed in a tweed Dior suit, the actress — trailed by paparazzi — did some damage at Fendi (a dress and three handbags), and also hit Dior, Azzedine Alaïa, a Starbucks and some shops in the Marais. She was to give a speech about her AIDS efforts at the Sorbonne Sunday night at a forum on cultural, economic, scientific and political topics.
MAIER FETES MAYSLES: He may have missed his own Rodeo Drive store opening, but Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier will touch down in Beverly Hills this week to host a dinner with Barneys New York’s Julie Gilhart at the store’s rooftop Barneys Greengrass restaurant on Friday. The event, honoring filmmaker and cinematographer Albert Maysles and his new tome “A Maysles Scrapbook,” will be attended by Dustin and Lisa Hoffman, Howard Socol, Mitch Glazer and Kelly Lynch, Jennifer Meyer, Laura and Kate Mulleavy, Amanda and Wendy Goldberg, Liz Goldwyn, Elizabeth and Jim Wiatt, Bret Easton Ellis, Jacqui Getty and Cecilia Dean, probably more bold-faced names per square foot than in a typical Rodeo Drive fete.
DAKS, DEACON PART WAYS: Daks, the London-based women’s and men’s tailored clothing brand, plans to terminate its high-end women’s line as of fall. As a result, it will no longer be working with Giles Deacon who had designed the line, which showed in Milan. The company said it planned to refocus its efforts on growing and developing the Daks men’s and women’s ready-to-wear lines. Deacon had designed the line for the past three seasons, and had just begun winning strong reviews. The luxury collection had wholesale accounts worldwide, but did not sell in the U.S. In addition to his signature line, Deacon designs a collection for the British high street brand New Look, and was recently named chief designer of Fay, the clothing company owned by Tod’s Group.
WHAT’S HIS NAME AGAIN?: James Bond is set to take Lake Garda by storm come April 14. Daniel Craig, in his second performance as the legendary secret agent, is due in Italy to shoot the latest 007 flick, which also marks the 100th birthday of its creator, Ian Fleming. Mandatory car chases and action scenes will be filmed between the quaint — and usually quiet — villages of Tremosine, Limone sul Garda and Malcesine for more than 10 days. The movie, titled “Quantum of Solace,” is the 22nd Bond flick and will pick up an hour after the end of the last installment, “Casino Royale.” The film is set to come out Nov. 7 in the U.S. and a week later in Italy.
BLACK ON BLACK: Scottish designer Graeme Black was the guest of honor at a luncheon hosted by Neiman Marcus’ John Martens last Wednesday, an intimate affair during which the designer narrated looks from his fall collection, and shared a few anecdotes — but not too many — about his gigs with John Galliano, Zandra Rhodes, Giorgio Armani and Ferragamo. “My first day working for Galliano, he had me paint the walls. The next day I was cutting chiffon,” he said. “I’ve paid my dues.” The London-based designer said he’s striving to maintain the handcrafted details and luxe materials in his collection and keep it special and small — for now. “I think showing in an intimate setting in London is still right for me,” said Black, who showed his Scot-inspired fall collection in a fireplace store on Pimlico Road. For spring 2009, Black is returning to Scotland for inspiration — this time from the beach. “A lot of people don’t realize there are beaches there, they think I’m joking. But I actually went on holiday and got a tan.”
HOMELY FASHION: There was a time when Milan’s Salone del Mobile furniture fair provided Italian fashion designers an opportunity to celebrate design and, on occasion, try their hand at different creative media. Now their interest has developed into a business, and Italy’s chamber of fashion is getting involved. The Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana is to coordinate a series of events during the fair next week to promote the home lines produced above all by Italian fashion houses and to showcase “the continual synergies and exchanges between fashion and design…both in terms of creativity and quality of production,” according to CNMI president Mario Boselli. Dubbed “Milano Moda Design,” the initiative will include home designs by Versace, Bottega Veneta, Fendi and Vivienne Westwood, among others, as well as textiles, special events and installations from April 15 to 21.
NOT SO QUIET: Continuing its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, Hush Puppies launched a Guest Designer Series last Wednesday. The casual footwear label has tapped celebrity stylists Phillip Bloch and Rachel Fanconi for the men’s and women’s collections, respectively. “All the inspiration came from the company’s archives,” said Fanconi of the women’s pieces. “There’s a bit of me in there, but the mix of textures and the colors you see were very strong in ’58.” The series will be promoted globally through special packaging and imagery at points of sale in Hush Puppies stores, department stores and specialty shops beginning in August.