SPICEY ROBERTO: There’s clearly an affinity between the Spice Girls and Roberto Cavalli, the man behind the shimmering, fireworks-colored Lurex numbers donned by the band for its recent comeback tour. So in between concerts, all the Spices — Posh, Baby, Sporty, Scary and Ginger (otherwise known as Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown and Geri Halliwell) — will glide off stage to attend Cavalli’s men’s wear show in Milan on Monday. The girls will breeze in and out of town just for the show, which should guarantee a paparazzi frenzy. But there might be more benefit than simply eyeing the male models on the runway: the group will get to compare musical notes with Rock&Roll, the hot French rocker band that Cavalli featured in his spring men’s wear campaign which will also be sitting front and center.
KALINSKY KLATSCH: Nordstrom may well have a secret weapon come New York Fashion Week — Jeffrey Kalinsky. The department store owns a majority share in his Jeffrey stores, and Kalinsky works for Nordstrom in a design consulting capacity. Now he is said to be set to appear in a series of episodes for Nordstrom’s Web site, dispensing color commentary on selected fall 2008 shows. A spokeswoman for Nordstrom said she could not confirm the speculation, but added a project is “in the works.” Kalinsky did not return calls for comment. It’s unclear what shows he might be chatting about, but last season he told WWD that Lisa Perry, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta and Rodarte were among his favorites.
FERRE OLE: In between sketches and fittings, Ferré’s new designer, Lars Nilsson, is busy signing up a crop of seasoned image makers to raise the brand’s profile. First he tapped Fabien Baron as a consultant to redefine Ferré’s image, including the ad campaigns, logo and labels. Karl Templer will style both the men’s wear presentation next week and the women’s fall collection in February, while well-known production and set designer Michael Howells has created a chic and intimate installation for the performance Nilsson will use to present the men’s line.
NAKED NO LONGER: The Naked Cowboy, the Times Square fixture who strums a guitar wearing only tighty whities and a cowboy hat, reluctantly accepted a Weatherproof jacket Monday at chief executive officer Freddie Stollmack’s insistence. “First he resisted but then he decided to try it on,” Stollmack said. “Whether or not he’ll wear it we don’t know.” To draw attention to the intervention, Weatherproof had a few models on hand who were wearing surgical masks. It was too tough to tell if it was a case of Marc Jacobs copycats or one too many sightings of the Richard Prince poster for his Guggenheim show. “I’m not sure why they wore masks, but I loved the way they looked. We all looked like we were a little nuts,” said Stollmack, who posed as a “coldologist” for the photo-op on a 60-degree afternoon. But those pics didn’t come cheap. The Naked Cowboy charged tourists $2 a pop and he made Weatherproof cough up a grand for the publicity stunt.
This story first appeared in the January 9, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
GIVENCHY COUTURE LOSES DIRECTOR: Caroline Grouvel has left Givenchy as director of couture after a decade at the house. Grouvel, reached by phone, cited personal reasons for leaving. Grouvel, who also oversaw couture sales at Christian Dior, Hanae Mori and Jean-Louis Scherrer during her extensive career, said she had no plans to join a rival house. “I’ve relished every second of my career,” she said. A spokeswoman for Givenchy said Grouvel has not yet been replaced.