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ONE MOORE TIME: If the sleek black ensemble Demi Moore sported at the Tuesday night screening of her latest flick, “Happy Tears” gave any fashion followers déjà vu, that’s because it made its first appearance just one day earlier on the runway of Donna Karan’s show. Indeed, Moore, who stars in the film alongside Parker Posey and Rip Torn, requested the outfit from Karan after spotting it from the front row of the designer’s show on Monday. For Karan, who cohosted the screening at MoMA and subsequent after party at Mr. Chow with the Cinema Society, it was the least she could do.
“I’ve known Demi for years,” explained the designer. “She’s been an extraordinary friend. We both have houses in Parrot Cay together.”
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PLAYING A TRUMP: Melania Trump wouldn’t divulge any details on her new jewelry line, set to bow in the next few months, at the Michael Kors show. “It’s too soon to say anything,” said Trump, as she exited the show alongside her husband, real estate magnate Donald Trump. If she needs tips on design, marketing or distribution, Trump need only call her stepdaughter Ivanka Trump. The Ivanka Trump diamond jewelry collection recently announced plans to expand into Asia and wholesale for the first trim, tripling sales to $15 million by yearend.
Meanwhile, her husband threw his support behind Simon Property Group’s $10 billion bid to acquire General Growth Properties. “David [Simon] is a friend of mine, and I hope he gets it,” said Trump. “He always does a good job. He’ll improve it. He’ll take what they’ve got and make it better.”
MUSICAL TRIBUTE: “This is for Alexander McQueen,” said Lady Gaga, as she began a moving rendition of her single “Telephone” at London’s BRIT music awards Tuesday night. And the singer also wore her heart on her sleeve — Gaga wore a variety of McQueen designs during the event, including a white embroidered lace jumpsuit, paired with an elaborate lace head-dress created by Philip Treacy. Gaga walked away with three awards that evening, including Best International Breakthrough Act, Best International Female Solo Artist and Best International Album for “The Fame.”
Meanwhile, her stage show premiered a giant white statue of the singer wearing the armadillo shoes from McQueen’s spring 2010 collection, which had been created by Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio team. The statue is a preview of the interactive sculptures that Knight is working on with filmmaker Ruth Hogben for Lady Gaga’s forthcoming U.K. tour, which opens in Manchester this week. Each sculpture, which is created using 3-D photographs, which are translated into full-scale models using laser cutting machinery, will then be projected with film. Knight also plans to mount an exhibition of similar models based on the likenesses of Kate Moss, Gemma Ward and Naomi Campbell at his Mayfair store and studio space this fall. “Fashion sculpture is an area I’m really fascinated by at the moment,” said Knight. “Sculpture by nature is very permanent, and yet fashion is really transitory. I find that dynamic really interesting.”
ARAD IN LONDON: Artist and designer Ron Arad made an appearance in London Wednesday to open his exhibition “Ron Arad: Restless,” at the Barbican Art Gallery. The exhibition spotlights some of Arad’s best-known pieces, such as his Rover Chair through to the Bodyguard series of tactile, bubble-like aluminum sculptures. But there are also newer works, such as “Oh the Farmer and the Cowman Should Be Friends,” a stainless steel shelving unit shaped like a map of America, its states split into separate boxlike compartments, along with some pieces that are still in progress.
Curator Lydia Yee said Arad was clear the show shouldn’t be a “conventional overview.” “Ron would turn up [to the gallery] wearing a T-shirt printed with the title of Ed Ruscha’s [exhibition] ‘I Don’t Want No Retro Spective,’” said Yee, who added the gallery instead gave Arad “free rein to try things out.” Arad, meanwhile, said the name of the show had influenced some of the works included in it. “It’s called Restless, so we thought, let’s make stuff move,” he said. Indeed, the exhibition includes springing chairs — which visitors can sit on — a book case set in a wheel called Reinventing the Wheel and a piece called Inverted Pin Hole Camera, which slowly rotates, dappling specks of white light continually around a dark room. The exhibition, which is supported by Dolce & Gabbana — the designers have worked with Arad since 2006 when they hosted an exhibition for the artist in Milan — runs through to May 16.
THIS OLE FROCK: Curiously, Sarah Jessica Parker opted to wear vintage Bill Blass, not Halston, for her coming-out party Monday night. Her stylist, Tracy Cox, bought the $900 printed metallic evening coat last fall at the NoLita boutique Frock. “The Sex and the City” actress-turned-Halston-executive is said to store her vast designer wardrobe, old and new, in the basement of her town house.
Maggie Gyllenhaal also recently sported a Frock find — an Yves Saint Laurent floral chiffon gown — to Tuesday’s Oscar nominees luncheon in Los Angeles. Her stylist, Leslie Fremar, plunked down about $1,350, according to Frock’s owner, Evan Ross, who has benefited from a spate of celebrity sightings in recent weeks. Last month, Julia Roberts popped up at the Golden Globes Awards in a YSL dress.
Designer-happy as he is, Ross is not hitting this week’s runway shows. “I work with so many designers on a regular basis that I sort of feel I already know what’s coming,” he said, but declined to identify any of the regulars.
A NEW GIG: Men’s wear veteran Paul Rosengard was walking around the MAGIC Man trade show floor with a new badge. The executive, who had worked most recently for Perry Ellis and had also spent a long career with Randa, is now consulting for Li & Fung. Rick Darling, U.S. president for the Hong Kong-based manufacturer, revealed: “Paul has joined us on a consulting basis. He’ll be working with us on new projects. Paul is a highly regarded executive and we’re happy to have him on board.”
ACNE TREATMENT: Edgy Swedish fashion brand Acne has found a hot spot for its first Acne Studio outpost in London. The label, which boasts prime locations such as Paris’ Palais Royal and New York’s Greene Street, said its first London unit would bow on Dover Street. The tony Mayfair street is also home to Comme des Garçons’ Dover Street Market. Acne Studio’s stand-alone space, which will house the label’s Collection, Pop, Denim and Miniature lines, is slated to open this summer. Bolstering its presence in the English Capital, the brand will also open its first concession in Harrods department store in March.
FIRST PRIZE: Hermès International is celebrating its upcoming equestrian extravaganza in Paris with a limited edition watch that pays homage to its saddle-making roots. The release of the Arceau Equestre Grand Palais will coincide with Saut Hermès, an international show-jumping event to be held at the Grand Palais on April 3 and 4. The automatic timepiece features a bridle-leather strap and a second hand shaped like a riding crop. Hermès noted it was 109 years since the first equestrian event was staged at the Grand Palais. Accordingly, it will produce only 109 examples of the watch, priced at 2,900 euros, or $3,945 at current exchange rates.