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SILVER ANNIVERSARY: Kenneth Jay Lane is returning to his shoe-designing roots with a jewel-studded collaboration for Via Spiga, a brand of Brown Shoe Co. The jewelry designer has created a commemorative collection in collaboration with Via Spiga’s creative director, Paola Venturi, for the shoe brand’s 25th anniversary, which will be in stores beginning in October.
LOVING LONDON: Acne, which cut the ribbon on its first London store in Mayfair this week, will stage a show at London Fashion Week for the first time on Sept. 19. The British Fashion Council has published a provisional catwalk schedule for the spring 2011 ready-to-wear shows, and announced some of the week’s newcomers. “For me, London has a great energy and momentum at the moment,” said Jonny Johansson, Acne’s creative director. “I love the English way of clashing heritage and contemporary.” The BFC also said Savile Row tailor Ozwald Boateng will show for the first time, and will close the week on Sept. 22. Giles Deacon will make his London comeback on Sept. 20 after two seasons of showing his Giles label in Paris.
JERSEY CORPS: “Jersey Shore” star Jenni “JWoww” Farley donned a short, sequined halter top dress from her recently launched Filthy Couture label to celebrate at Marquee in Manhattan on Tuesday night. Providing support were her bronzed and coiffed MTV cast mates, including Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. “The Situation” had his motto “Gym, tan, laundry” etched on his shoes, lest it slip his mind. Hip-hop stars Jay Sean, Kevin Rudolf, Kat DeLuna and Lil Jon added a dose of recognizable talent to the room, while Danielle Staub of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” made the scene with musician Lori Michaels. Somewhat out of place in this brew was Lacoste USA chief executive officer Steve Birkhold, who was there with his wife, Nicole, a fan of the show.
SHOP ’TIL YOU DROP: Fashion’s Night Out is returning to Milan for its sophomore edition on Sept. 9, already looking bigger than last year. So far, 350 stores have signed on, but Franca Sozzani, Italian Vogue editor in chief and mastermind of the event, is confident that this number will reach at least 450, a jump from last year’s 370. Besides raising more money, Sozzani said the main goal continues to be to “give consumers the confidence to enter seemingly inaccessible high-fashion boutiques through special initiatives and more affordable prices.” Stores throughout the city center, namely in and around the Golden Triangle and in the newly added artsy Brera district, will open from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and stylists, models and Vogue editors will be on hand to offer ideas and advice. In 2009, enough funds were raised to plant 5,500 trees in the city as part of Mayor Letizia Moratti’s Adopt a Tree project, which will once again be the beneficiary of this edition’s proceeds. “Last year, on a global level, Milan had one of the most successful Fashion’s Night Out in terms of events and participation — a success I’d like to see happen again,” Sozzani said.
SIR PAUL AT THE BALLET: A new photography exhibition will showcase a collaboration between London’s Royal Ballet and Sir Paul Smith, who has shot a series of portrait photographs of the company’s leading dancers. The exhibition, which opened in Paul Smith’s “Space” store in Tokyo last month, will make its way to London’s Albemarle Street shop from Sept. 22. The unframed, matte, black-and-white photographs hang simply on string and clips on the store walls, reflecting the designer’s sharp eye for composition. Among the most arresting shots is of Tamara Rojo, who, standing in the costume department, poses dynamically in her black rehearsal tutu, tights and ballet shoes, one hand on her hip, the other on the tip of a long sharp sword. The Royal Ballet’s principal dancer, Steven McRae, who will also star in Smith’s fall ad campaign in Japan, said: “Fashion and ballet go together as well as gin and tonic. They’re the perfect combination. They’re both focused on the aesthetic of beautiful lines and shapes.”
HAITI HOPES: Actress Maria Bello and Judith Leiber president Mary Gleason feted guests at the Madison Avenue boutique Tuesday night to celebrate a new collaboration: the “Don’t Forget” pendant to benefit the Haiti chapter of Vital Voices, Femmes En Democratie. The limited edition necklace will retail at the stores and online for $95, with all proceeds going to the charity. Bello, who has championed women’s empowerment for more than 20 years, has spent the last three years actively engaged in the challenges of Haitian women. She has returned to Haiti eight times since the earthquake that devastated the country in January, and will teach women to assemble the layered, crystal ring and pewter engraved disc piece as part of the project.
LISTEN UP: Architect-turned-fashion designer Angel Sanchez put his building skills to work for Nuela, a modern Latin American restaurant that officially bowed in Manhattan’s Flatiron District this month. From start to finish, the designer worked with his partner, Christopher Coleman, an interior designer — a first for the pair. But the added input of other interested parties pushed Sanchez to the boiling point. “I was a bit shocked. When you design a collection you don’t have to listen to so many other people’s opinions about what you should do,” Sanchez said. “It was very hard for me to understand what they wanted and how to please everyone. I almost quit.” While the designer is now working on two residential projects, he has no intention of giving up his day job.