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ZAC-AROUND-THE-CLOCK: Bring your double-shot iced mocha latte and energy bar to Target’s 24-hour pop-up shop for Zac Posen’s Go International collection. The event, at 481 Eighth Avenue and 34th Street in Manhattan, will give consumers a jump on the collection, which is due to arrive in Target stores and target.com on April 25. The pop-up shop will offer Posen’s entire collection for Target and will be open from 11 p.m. on April 15 to 11 p.m. on April 16. The designs, all priced under $199, include a brocade party dress, gold halter dress, red leather motorcycle jacket, tuxedo jacket and pants, two-piece ruffled red dress and red swimsuit with plunging neckline. Since Posen has never been one to miss a good party, Target is creating “an environment that reflects the collection,” said a Target spokesman. “[It will be like] a party with live music and entertainment, DJs and a variety of different surprises.”
GEM DANDY: Place Vendôme jeweler Lorenz Bäumer, who is also artistic director for jewelry at Louis Vuitton, is to receive a coveted bauble from the French state. Bäumer is to be decorated as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. The designer said Monday a date and venue for the ceremony have yet to be set. Also among beneficiaries on a list published by the French government as part of its traditional Easter Day promotions is Patrick Ouart, an adviser to luxury titan Bernard Arnault at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Ouart will be elevated to the rank of Grand Officer.
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RAFAEL AND RICHARD: Rafael Nadal, the tennis star who has a habit of accessorizing with Nike’s swoosh bandanas, is adding another accessory to his on-the-court get-ups: a Richard Mille watch designed specifically to withstand Nadal’s ferocious play. The watch, which is called the RM027 and weighs less than 20 grams so as to not hamper Nadal’s swing, is set to premiere on his wrist at the French Open starting next month. He is also expected to make appearances for the Richard Mille brand in New York when he’s in the city for the U.S. Open in August and September. Fifty RM027 watches priced at $525,000 each will be available at Richard Mille branded stores and select retailers that carry its watches in late summer. That same time, Richard Mille expects to open a boutique — its 13th worldwide — in Beverly Hills.
BAUBLES AND BLOCKBUSTERS: The Los Angeles jewelry brand Dogeared is making moves with movies. It has signed a licensing deal with Sony to produce a collection of jewelry, books and travel-related items associated with “Eat, Pray, Love,” the Julia Roberts-fronted film version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book. Fred Segal and ABC Home have already decided to pick up the collection, which is priced from $20 to more than $100. “This is a totally natural fit for Dogeared,” said the brand’s founder Marcia Maizel-Clarke of the involvement with “Eat, Pray, Love.” “We relate to the theme of a woman’s journey for self-fulfillment and happiness.” Dogeared apparently relates to women’s desire for shoes, sex and friendship in New York City as well because it has also inked a licensing deal with HBO for jewelry associated with “Sex and the City 2.” That jewelry, priced from roughly $30 to $150, will launch at Bloomingdale’s and Ron Robinson at Fred Segal in May.
GALERIES’ GUY: There is a new man at Lafayette Homme. The men’s wear offshoot of French department store Galeries Lafayette has tapped French actor Antoine de Caunes to be the face of its upcoming ad campaign. Shot by Jean-Paul Goude, it hit billboards, catalogues, in-store displays and the Internet last week. De Caunes poses in the ad dressed as a sailor and holds a blowup doll under one arm and a sailboat under the other. He joins a list of celebs to grace Lafayette Homme ads that includes David Douillet, Laetitia Casta (dressed as a man), Frédéric Beigbeder and Jun Miyake.
FEMALE POWER: LaVelle & Co. keeps its membership tight, to about 30 women in their 20s. But the group, geared to inspire women in their careers and lives, has launched a Web site and plans to organize a benefit this fall for women’s education. The Web site was created by the girls to share with a wider audience what they experience, said LaVelle Olexa, the former Lord & Taylor fashion director and founder of the group, which meets at her apartment each month. “We keep the core group to about 30 because that’s what I can accommodate comfortably and the girls can still have a one-on-one with the guests,” Olexa said. The Web site includes blogs by members and videos of speakers who are always successful women from different fields. Evelyn Lauder, Betsey Johnson, Stephanie George, Francine LeFrak and sculptor Chakaia Booker have participated, with upcoming speakers Ann Moore and Tory Burch.
PAINT BY NUMBERS: Students at Martin Luther King Jr. High School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side last Monday night got an extreme classroom makeover from some of fashion’s finest. Michael Kors, Isaac Mizrahi, Harold Koda, Nicole Miller and J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons rolled up their sleeves and painted the school’s walls as part of Publicolor’s annual Stir, Splatter and Roll benefit. For Lyons, involvement with the nonprofit, which has thus far transformed the interiors of over 110 public schools and 123 community sites, was a no-brainer. “Publicolor prepares students to be successful young professionals and effective members of their communities through color and design,” Lyons explained. Once the paint began to dry, she and other revelers were rewarded for their manual labor with a seated dinner and live auction.
TRAVEL BUG: “We don’t come over to Paris enough,” chimed Canadian twins Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2, in the French capital last week to schmooze French editors and appear on local television. The Catens then jetted off to Brazil for Easter break, before heading to Los Angeles for their fall-winter campaign shoot with Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. In May, they land in Singapore for a fashion show they are staging as part of Singapore Fashion Week. Then comes a whistle-stop tour of their boutiques in Dubai and Monte Carlo. Also in the pipeline is a possible second collaboration of limited edition makeup with MAC and a possible book deal with French publishing house Assouline. “We are in talks, but it will be a big job sifting through all of our archives,” Dean Caten said.
The brothers also hinted at a blowout next September during Milan Fashion Week, as they will be organizing a party. “It’s a secret. It’s going to be big and special,” chirped Dan Caten.