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TAKE TWO: The designs of Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s Rodarte label will be featured at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum next year. Francisco Costa beat the sisters to win this year’s Fashion Design Award, but the girls from Pasadena, Calif., will get their due. The fashion installation, “Quicktake: Rodarte,” will be on view in the museum’s billiard room from Jan. 29 to March 14. It will be the second in a series of “Quicktake” installations spotlighting up-and-coming designers from around the globe. The Cooper-Hewitt’s director of retail, Gregory Krum, is curating the installation with Susan Brown, assistant curator in the Textiles Department.
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DESIGN DEAL: Could a deal between Badgley Mischka’s Mark Badgley and James Mischka and HSN be in the works? According to sources, the designer duo has been in talks with the home shopping network to create a special lifestyle collection, which could launch as soon as this fall. Details of the line could not be learned, but the move would further up the network’s fashion quotient. HSN already offers fashion collections by designers such as Loulou de la Falaise, Randolph Duke and Tina Knowles, and in November will launch a special fashion jewelry collection by Molly Sims. HSN representatives could not be reached for comment.
GAGOSIAN’S CROWNED PRINCE: Now that Gagosian Gallery’s first retail shop is up and running at 988 Madison Avenue, none other than Richard Prince will be headlining the opening party festivities. The art and fashion crowd will be well represented when the artist turns up Oct. 6 to tout his newest limited edition book, “Bettie Kline,” produced exclusively for Gagosian.
ON HORSEBACK: Trotting along with its heritage, Gucci will be the main sponsor of the European Equestrian Masters, the international horse jumping show that will be held in Paris from Dec. 10 to 13. Gucci Masters, the name of the sponsorship, is the luxury brand’s first equestrian funding in 20 years and is aimed at highlighting the house’s roots and culture. “I’ve been an avid horseback rider since I was a child, so it’s a pleasure for me to be involved in a program that is as close to my heart as it is to Gucci’s rich history,” said Frida Giannini, Gucci’s creative director. During its four-day sponsorship, Gucci will set up an on-site store that also will carry a limited edition collection of scarves, boots and blankets.
Organized by Brazilian horseman Nelson Pessoa, the 24-year-old European Equestrian Master is an exclusive event where 40 of the world’s best jumpers race at the Parc Des Expositions in Paris-Nord Villepinte. It draws more than 170,000 visitors and 400 exhibitors each year.
HEY, BIG SPENDER: It seems Hugh Jackman has friends with exquisite taste. Jackman, who begins his run alongside Daniel Craig in “A Steady Rain” on Broadway this week, received a gift of a stainless steel Piaget watch from none other than style guru Robert Verdi. According to a source, Verdi, who stopped into Piaget’s Fifth Avenue boutique on Monday, had the watch inscribed with the phrase “Break a leg” on the back.
HAVING A BALL: Model Coco Rocha and Bryan Batt of “Mad Men” will cohost the Museum of Art and Design’s first-ever young patron’s gala on Oct. 14. The fete will celebrate the museum’s one-year anniversary in its Brad Cloepfil-designed home on Columbus Circle, and is the first time the institution is targeting a younger generation of museumgoers and artists, with ticket prices starting at $150 and dancing to DJs Paul Sevigny and Harley Viera-Newton. (The museum’s annual black-tie Visionaries Gala has focused on more established artists and well-heeled patrons.) Dubbed the “Paperball,” the event also celebrates the opening of a new exhibit, “Slash: Paper Under the Knife,” which features site-specific works made from paper. As part of the event, a raft of fashion designers, photographers and artists have designed works from paper — such as dresses and accessories — to be sold at the party, including Matthew Williamson, Craig McDean, James Rosenquist, Issey Miyake, Gemma Kahng, Slava Mogutin, Donald Deal, Yeohlee Teng and Lela Rose.
INDIAN FEAST: All eyes may be on Milan and Paris right now, but the fashion world is also considering Mumbai. In response to the November terror attacks there, industry members including Yves Carcelle, Diane von Furstenberg, Evelyn Lauder, Silvia Fendi, Matthew Williamson, Rachel Roy, Kenneth Cole and Cynthia Rowley have contributed artwork and text to the new tome “To India, With Love,” being released in November by Assouline. Profits from the book and its surrounding events and exhibits benefit Taj Public Service Welfare Trust in conjunction with Mumbai: We Got Your Back, an organization founded by the book’s editors, Waris Ahluwalia, Tina Bhojwani and Mortimer Singer. “As funny as it seems, I’ve only been to India twice, but I’m inspired by it in an enormous way,” says contributor Tory Burch, who first traveled to the country on a Semester at Sea program in college. Other big names who participated in the book include Natalie Portman, Wes Anderson, Adrien Brody and Elizabeth Hurley.