WANG GOES WEST: Vera Wang has signed a lease for a bridal boutique at 8447 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles on the same block as Marc by Marc Jacobs. The 3,600-square-foot store, Wang’s first freestanding unit outside of New York, is expected to open in fall 2008 and will feature 12-foot ceilings and carry the full bridal line, as well as fragrance, shoes and tabletop items.Wang plans to open her first ready-to-wear store on Mercer Street in New York’s SoHo, also bowing next year. A spokeswoman said a rtw store on the West Coast is “a possibility.”
ON TARGET: At Morton’s on Tuesday night, In Style and CFDA hosted a party to celebrate the latest Fashion Targets Breast Cancer T-shirt, as well as the expansion of charity-meets-fashion offerings on Net-a-porter.com. Though their ranks are smaller than in New York, Los Angeles CFDA members such as Magda Berliner, Trina Turk, John Whitledge, Kevan Hall, Gregory Parkinson and Laura and Kate Mulleavy made pit stops during a night of several competing parties. “I’ve been a proud CFDA member for three years,” said Berliner. “Got in the same day as P. Diddy.”
Always willing to get dolled up for a fashion event, a far bigger slew of starlets turned up in jewel-toned frocks, including January Jones, Zoe Saldana, Ever Carradine, Linda Cardellini, Rebecca Gayheart, Leslie Bibb, Kathleen Roberston, Minka Kelly and Andrea Bowen, who said, “Shopping is the most painless way to do charity.”
JUST SUPER: Having a dozen major models open the Louis Vuitton show earlier this month in nurse outfits created a striking image — so much so that Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs is said to have invited certain runway regulars back to do Vuitton’s spring advertising. Vuitton lately has featured celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson and Uma Thurman in its ads, but also has used famous models such as Gisele Bündchen and Eva Herzigova. A Vuitton spokesman said Wednesday that he could not yet confirm details of the campaign.
SIR PAUL’S MOVIE NIGHT: Sir Paul Smith decided to pull out the stops on Tuesday night, when he got to spend “one whole night in Los Angeles” en route from Japan. “There are so many parties in L.A., I thought Mr. Smith should do something a bit different,” the designer said. So the cinephile decided to transform the parking lot of his Melrose Avenue store into a screening room, and introduced the Brit cult hit “Withnail & I,” which he has seen five times. Smith has screened the Joy Division documentary “Control” at his Nottingham shop, and the feature “24 Hour Party People” at his Tokyo store. Taking in the movie was a diverse crowd including Andy Warhol actress Terry Terebe, music producer Jerry Leiber, accessories designers Tarina Tarantino and Brigette Romanek, Guinevere Van Seenus and a trio of dark-haired actresses: Michelle Hicks, Ivana Milicevic and Jennifer Tilly, who said, “My old boyfriend was English, so I’ve seen parts of this movie a few times.”