TALL ORDER: Donatella Versace has assembled an impressive front row of young hunks, and towering sports figures, for her men’s show in Milan tonight. The lineup includes Darren Criss from “Glee,” Chace Crawford from “Gossip Girl,” Ryan Kwanten from “True Blood,” Zachary Quinto of “Star Trek” fame and NBA players Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade.
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RESTORATION HARDWARE: Tod’s chairman and chief executive officer Diego Della Valle is gearing up for a big press event on Wednesday to reveals details of the three-year restoration works on the Colosseum in Rome, which he is backing with a sponsorship to the tune of 25 million euros, or $36.5 million at current exchange rates. Far from resting on his laurels, Della Valle is now passionately working on convincing other entrepreneurs to support Italian landmarks in need — Pompeii, in particular.
“It would only make sense for Neapolitan industrialists to take care of their own territory,” said Della Valle at the Tod’s presentation at Milan’s exquisite Villa Necchi. “It’s very simple, but necessary. We have to give back and look after our national treasures.”
X MARKS THE SPOT: Mugler’s creative director Nicola Formichetti, who helped whip up excitement for his men’s wear debut last January by having his buddy Lady Gaga produce the soundtrack, looks to be moving in a kinkier direction for his next men’s show, scheduled for Wednesday in Paris. He’s created a series of videos, an “uncensored” version of which he plans to put on porn video hosting site Xtube.com the day after the show. Hyperactive in the online world, Formichetti has already been posting photos from the shoot on his Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr pages, with additional teasers expected to drop in the days ahead of the show. Mugler’s new image maven tapped Brooklyn “Nu-disco” band Jessica 6 to provide an exclusive music mix, with its lead singer, Nomi Ruiz, making an appearance in the video.
WOLFSKIN’S POSSIBLE SALE: A new buyer is in sight for German outdoor specialist Jack Wolfskin. Quadriga Capital, which owns the brand along with Barclays Private Equity, said exclusive talks with American private equity firm The Blackstone Group are well under way. According to Quadriga, all parties aim to conclude negotiations in the third quarter of 2011. While financial details were not disclosed, sources placed Blackstone’s bid at 700 million euros, or about $1 million at current exchange.
Wolfskin was founded in 1981 as a private label of the Frankfurt outdoor retailer Sine. Based in Idstein near Frankfurt, there are more than 400 Jack Wolfskin stores, of which 220 are in Germany. In 2010, sales gains in the western European and Chinese markets helped boost sales 21 percent to 304 million euros, or $401.3 million at the average exchange rate for the period.
TEEN SCENE: Packs of teenage girls milled outside the Calvin Klein show on Sunday to catch a glimpse of Joe Jonas. They’ve also been camped outside his Milan hotel. “I appreciate it, but it’s hard to get used to it. It’s bizarre, sometimes they stay there all night and they sing me to sleep,” he said.
Jonas is currently traveling on a promotion tour for his new album “Fast Life,” due out in September, and has squeezed in some shopping time. “I’m a huge fan of fashion,” he said. Enough to try his hand at a namesake collection? “I’d love to do something down the line with a designer,” he said.