LOHAN’S NEW GIGS: Is Lindsay Lohan getting it together? At Lia Sophia’s weekend clambake in Malibu, the starlet revealed she started a movie production company called Unforgettable with Kristi Kaylor, her partner in the hosiery and leggings company 6126 and the self-tanner company Sevin Nyne. She also asked Lia Sophia owner Elena Kiam if she could design a few pieces for the jewelry company’s next red-carpet collection. Estella Warren, Mena Suvari, Lisa Rinna and Lynn Collins also turned out for the party and the jewelry samples.
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SIMPLY RED: Northwest Airlines’ flight attendants apparently appreciate some of the finer things in life, like the right to don merger-partner Delta’s bright red Richard Tyler dresses as their uniform — even if they wear a size larger than 18. The Northwest Airlines Association of Flight Attendants brought five uniform-related grievances against Delta in May — including the gripe that women larger than a size 18 couldn’t wear the Tyler dresses, said Gina Loughlin, a Delta spokeswoman. Delta has rejected all five requests, Loughlin said, which also included a call by some to wear orthopedic shoes with dresses or skirts, which is prohibited, as well as with slacks, which are permitted.
The Richard Tyler dress dispute “passed through mediation last week” and is headed to arbitration, said Rene Foss, communications chairman of the union. The former Northwest attendants have been donning Delta uniforms as part of the merger last October that created a combined force of 21,000 women and men who are now Delta flight attendants. (The former Northwest flight attendants remain unionized ahead of a vote to determine whether the merged group of attendants will be union members or not.)
Delta adopted Tyler’s red wrap dresses as part of its flight attendant uniform in 2006. Prior to wearing the Delta uniforms beginning on March 30, the Northwest attendants hadn’t had new uniform styles since the Nineties.
“The men will not be going into the red flight attendant dresses regardless of the arbitration’s finding,” Foss quipped.
A IS FOR AMIES: Sartorial witticisms from the late British couturier Sir Hardy Amies will be published as part of a new men’s style guide, “ABC of Men’s Fashion” (V&A Publishing) that will hit U.K. book stores in August. The cloth-bound tome will guide men through the minefield of male apparel, with topics ranging from boxer shorts to skiwear. Choice Amies quotes include: “A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them.” He also comments on boxer shorts: “I cannot help feeling that they will discover one day that they interfere with the line of the trouser.” And as for trouser cuffs, “You can’t have any.” The book costs 9.99 pounds, or $16 at current exchange, and will also be sold through the V&A’s Web site, vandashop.com.
EXPANDING FOOTPRINT: Forever 21’s legal troubles aren’t slowing down the Los Angeles-based retailer. Later this year, the company plans to enter the beauty and home categories. According to a spokeswoman, beauty and home merchandise would be first rolled out to Forever 21’s largest stores, including 15 former Mervyn’s locations, before entering Forever 21’s XXI concept. The leap into beauty and home follows recent Forever 21 launches of swimwear and plus-size apparel labeled Faith 21.
HIS TURN: Could Giuseppe Zanotti be gearing up to launch a men’s footwear line? The designer, who just did some men’s shoes for Balmain’s spring collection, confirmed it could be a possibility. “In general, I don’t like men’s footwear, but these were cool — very Gothic and punk,” Zanotti said at the opening of his new Paris store on Rue de Grenelle Monday night.