ONCE UPON A TIME: The multitalented Maripol will be in familiar territory Friday signing copies of her autobiography at Marc Jacobs’ new book store, Bookmarc. The artist-producer-stylist-fashion-designer-photographer has sold her T-shirts and accessories at the Marc by Marc Jacobs store. Her latest creation, “Maripol: Little Red Riding Hood,” features photographs, sketches and ephemera. Surely, she has stories to tell. Raised in France, she relocated to New York in 1976 and subsequently influenced Grace Jones, Deborah Harry and Madonna, among others. Maripol directed “Crack Is Whack,” a documentary about Keith Haring and styled the Material Girl for her “Like a Virgin” album. The tome is published by Damiani and distributed by D.A.P.
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HE’S BAAAACK: Designer Miguel Adrover could tell today’s “It” boys (and girls) a thing or two about the perils of gaining fame too fast. Wiser ones should be on the lookout for him in New York. The Majorcan-born designer is in town working on a signature collection to launch next year. (He’s also still collaborating with the eco-friendly German label Hess Natur.) Aside from his towering height and shoulder-length hair, Adrover should be easy to spot with his newest accessory — a documentary film crew is shadowing him. Adrover did not respond for comment by press time.
CARLOS’ SHOE INS: Kat DeLuna might have been wearing Christian Siriano Payless pumps at Carlos Miele, but she is a Yves Saint Laurent shoe lover through and through. So much so that a pit stop at the designer’s Paris boutique en route to the airport was the highlight of her recent trip to France and Belgium. “Every time I am in Paris I got to YSL. You know how it is? Sometimes they have a different selection than they do here. They have these pumps with tiny hearts on the heels. I bought a few pairs,” she said. “They’re very sturdy. I can even dance in them.”
She will have plenty of opportunity to show off her kicks — her sophomore album, “Inside Out,” breaks this fall in Europe and next year in the States. DeLuna wasn’t the only one talking shoes at the show. Kristin Cavallari of “Laguna Beach” has created a wedge for Shoedazzle.com that will benefit her charity, One Kid One World. She is also working on her own footwear line.
OPEN DOORS: Mulberry is in growth mode, with plans for new showrooms and offices in New York, Paris and London. The brand’s first New York showroom will open Wednesday at 450 West 15th Street, the day after Mulberry’s runway show, which is scheduled for Tuesday. The Paris showroom has recently opened at 23 Rue de L’Arcade, and the brand will hold a catwalk presentation of the spring collection in October. Meanwhile, Mulberry’s new, five-floor London headquarters, which will include a design studio and showroom, will open next year on Kensington Church Street.
“The business is expanding very fast internationally, and we need to present our collections in an environment that we can control,” said chief executive officer Godfrey Davis. “It’s all part of growing up.” Davis said the New York showroom space would also house distribution, commercial and marketing offices. He said the company is still on the hunt for a third retail space in Manhattan.
WILLIAM RAST ON THE WEST COAST: For William Rast founders Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala, the trade-off for skipping New York Fashion Week was hosting two events for Fashion’s Night Out in Southern California last week. Almost 500 fans came to Nordstrom at Santa Monica Place, where Timberlake and Ayala unveiled William Rast’s new shoes and eyewear. Though Timberlake refused to be interviewed by reporters, he eagerly posed for photos and gave hugs to fans who screamed hysterically upon seeing him. Afterward, the duo headed to their year-old flagship in the Westfield Century City shopping mall. “Most of the people here wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Fashion’s Night Out,” Ayala said. The next step to boosting brand recognition for William Rast is a capsule collection for Target, available in December for five weeks, backed by a national ad campaign for TV, print and billboards, according to Colin Dyne, chief executive officer of the brand’s parent company, People’s Liberation. Until then, some fans grab whatever they can of William Rast. When Timberlake and Ayala raffled off a trip to Las Vegas and shopping sprees at their store, one tried to make an appeal for herself by yelling, “Justin, I’m wearing all William Rast!” Timberlake’s response: “We don’t make William Rast panties — yet.”
FRIENDS FOR LIFE: When it comes to business partners, Tommy Hilfiger doesn’t burn bridges. Among those attending his 25th anniversary party Sunday night were a combination of original, past and current owners of the company, including Mohan Murjani, Silas Chau, Joel Horowitz, Apax Partner’s Christian Stahl, Fred Gehring and PVH’s Emanuel Chirico. “It’s good to be us right now,” said Chirico, surveying the throngs of people at the Metropolitan Opera House, adding that he feels much better about the business than he did three months ago. The party, which attendees estimated had to cost several million dollars, was a thank you to everyone who’s touched Hilfiger’s life over the past 25 years.
WHAT IF?: Even fashion folk sometimes think about doing something else. During a panel discussion at Diane von Furstenberg’s Meatpacking District store Saturday on new trends in accessories, CFDA executive director Steven Kolb asked jewelry designers what jobs they would be attracted to if they weren’t in fashion. Philip Crangi said he would be a singer, Dean Harris, a writer and Albertus Swanepoel, a game ranger or a race-car driver. As for Kolb, he said he would be a bicycle shop owner.
NEW DEAL: Marcolin has renewed a license agreement for the design, production and distribution of Timberland sunglasses and optical frames. Marcolin didn’t say how much was the transaction worth, but said the license will expire at the end of 2013. The license will help Marcolin keep its presence in the fashion eyewear segment of the market and will enable Timberland to further expand its brand.