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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Calvin Klein Collection is no stranger to collaborating with architects, working with the likes of John Pawson and Shinichi Ogawa on special events. The current window installation at the Calvin Klein Collection flagship on Madison Avenue takes the Calvin aesthetic from minimal to mini. Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus and his firm, REX Architecture PC, together with Magnusson Klemencic Assoc. and Situ Studio, created the “Madison Avenue (Doll) House,” a futuristic structure displayed from suspension hangers. It features four fully decorated floors, replete with miniature replicas of Calvin Klein apparel, accessories and home furnishings, from clothing to tabletop. The idea was conceived by Calvin Klein Inc.’s senior vice president of creative services Dale Rozmiarek, and the miniature pieces were designed by the company’s creative directors Francisco Costa, Italo Zucchelli, Ulrich Grimm and Amy Mellen. The installation will be on display until Jan.5.
TAKING STOCK: La Tribune, the French financial daily once owned by luxury titan Bernard Arnault, has done a grim calculation: How much his likes have lost in terms of net wealth in 2008 as the French stock market continues to tumble. The potential loss on the Paris Bourse for France’s 10 richest families so far this year totals 61 billion euros, according to the paper’s tally. Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, whose wealth is based mostly on shares of LVMH and Christian Dior, has seen his fortune on paper shrink an estimated 17.4 billion euros (to 13.1 billion euros); L’Oréal’s Liliane Bettencourt and her family 6.6 billion euros (to 10.8 billion euros); and François Pinault of PPR 2.9 billion euros (to 2.6 billion euros).
SHADES OF CBGB: John Varvatos’ claim on the former site of New York’s legendary club CBGB keeps on energizing the designer brand, spawning everything from a fall ad campaign, shot on the Bowery, to a prototype shop-in-shop at Fred Segal. Now John Varvatos Eyewear introduces its first limited edition sunglasses, in two rocker-chic styles “to celebrate the opening of the Varvatos store at 315 Bowery.” It opened in April, but only squares keep track of such things. The black acetate frames are adorned with hand-inlaid pyramid studs and accompanied by a studded, black leather case. Priced at $375, they’ll arrive at Barneys New York and John Varvatos boutiques in March.
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT: Feeding the rumors that she will become engaged soon to boyfriend Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump is giving the gossips something to talk about. Trump the real estate scion, former model and fine jewelry designer will guest blog on Brides.com. For the first week of December, Trump will blog about her fashion sensibilities and her jewelry line on the site’s Wedded Bits blog. She’ll talk about the latest trends on jewelry for brides. “It’s wonderful to now have the opportunity to share my perspectives on jewelry and accessories with brides-to-be,” said Trump.
FRERE JEAN-JACQUES: When French citizens are decorated with awards of merits from the government, the ceremonies are stuffy and formal, right? Au contraire: Whoops and whistles erupted as Pierre Bergé pinned consultant extraordinaire Jean-Jacques Picart as a chevalier of arts and letters in Paris Monday night, lauding him for his flair in a “sensitive field.”
Designers including Christian Lacroix, Martine Sitbon, Riccardo Tisci and Roland Mouret — and loads of LVMH brass — were initially perplexed at Picart’s acceptance speech, the first part delivered in Vietnamese. But they cheered even more when Picart noted Yves Saint Laurent’s controversial Forties collection inspired him to devote his career to fashion. Then they all sat down to a family style dinner.