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IT’S OVER: Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo have called off their engagement. They had planned to get married Friday at Hilfiger’s home in Mustique in the West Indies, before an intimate family group. But the couple has split, WWD has learned. “They remain friends but they’re not going forward with the engagement,” a Hilfiger spokesman confirmed. “They are not making any further comments.” Hilfiger and Ocleppo, an American former model, first met in Saint-Tropez in July 2005.
This story first appeared in the August 6, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
RANK AND PHILO: While most of the French fashion industry is on its annual August vacation, the Paris rumor mill is still churning about one subject: Celine. Speculation is rife the fashion house, part of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is zeroing in on a deal to bring in former Chloé designer Phoebe Philo, with an announcement possible as early as September. According to sources, Philo could be in place to present her first Celine collection in March 2009.
SHOCK THERAPY: The cast of the new film “Bottle Shock,” the true story about a 1976 wine competition in which the Americans won over the French, lunched together at Brasserie Ruhlman on Tuesday to celebrate the film’s opening today. But it appeared there was some unfinished business to attend to, residue from as far back as the Sundance Film Festival in January. “Did you do the dishes?” co-star Bill Pullman asked accusingly of the film’s co-writer, co-director and co-producer Randall Miller, with whom he shared a condo during the festival. “I made omelets,” Miller pleaded in his defense. “Scrambled eggs and omelets.” Culinary contributions aside, it seemed the actor and director got along well enough to reunite for a second film, a November release titled “Nobel Son,” which also stars “Bottle Shock” lead Alan Rickman.
FOOTLOOSE: What does it take to be a fashion icon? Monday night guests found out over cocktails at the J. Mendel boutique hosted by the brand and Sevan jewelry in honor of Brooke Shields, whom the invitation dubbed “A One of a Kind Fashion Icon.” “Nice crowd,” remarked Gilles Mendel, as he surveyed the mix of editors, Ann Dexter-Jones and Tinsley Mortimer, sipping Champagne and fingering his fall collection. Shields’ “Lipstick Jungle” co-star Lindsay Price brought along her mother, who attended to her drink requests as her daughter kept busy trying on baubles and posing for photographs. As for Shields herself, she earned her sartorial title: decked out in a J.Mendel cocktail number, the actress had donned towering Fendi sandals, despite the screws in her toes from a recent foot operation. “It’s the first I’ve stood in heels in months,” said Shields, whose feet were already visibly swollen. “I couldn’t be a fashion icon in flats!”