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ON KORS FOR BLEECKER: Michael Kors has called New York’s West Village his home for the past 30 years, and come holiday, it will be so in more ways than one. Kors is opening a 1,475-square-foot lifestyle store at 384 Bleecker Street, which will offer a mix of accessories and other products from his Michael Kors, Kors Michael Kors and Michael Michael Kors collections. The in-house design team will work on the unit, which it is taking over from Olive & Bette’s, and the plan is to maintain the building’s original Twenties features. “The rich cultural history of the Village provides the perfect backdrop for a unique shopping experience in a quaint neighborhood setting,” Kors said.
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GIVING CHANGE: Christian Lacroix, whose namesake couture house was shuttered last year, has been named artistic adviser to the Monnaie de Paris, the French mint, which houses a museum, photography shows and, naturally, coins galore. Lacroix’s first assignment is to design special medals for marriage and PACS, the term for civil unions in France. He said he also plans to dream up new commemorative forms, using precious metals. In his post-fashion career, Lacroix continues to design costumes for the stage, in addition to far-flung design projects from hotels to trams.
EAT, PRAY, SHOP: Home-shopping network HSN and Sony Pictures have teamed up to promote the Aug. 13 Julia Roberts’ flick “Eat Pray Love,” with 72 hours of live programming Aug. 6 to 8. Each day will focus on one of the book-turned-film’s three locations: Italy, India and Bali. Among the 400 themed items available, there are pieces from Naeem Khan, Me & Ro, Rebecca Moses, Hutton Wilkinson and Lancôme, for which Roberts is a spokesmodel.
FARM LIFE: The relationship between Moncler and Bruce Weber is heading into fall, this time with an ironic take on the American farm theme. The images spotlight red nylon down, fashioned into a jacket, a blanket and even a sunscreen, shot in a homey, rustic atmosphere and surrounded by a cow, a sheep, horses, a camel and a cockatoo. It’s also the first time a baby, swathed in a red nylon jacket and pants, appears in a Moncler ad, highlighting the success of the children’s line. The campaign continues to support Green Chimneys, Weber’s nonprofit organization, which helps children with emotional, behavioral, social and learning challenges and is committed to initiatives in favor of animals and nature.