PARTY DETAILS: With the deadline to vote for the CFDA Awards and the L’Oréal Popular Vote Award approaching this Friday at 11:59 p.m., details of the June 7 ceremony are beginning to emerge. Sarah Jessica Parker will present the CFDA Board of Directors’ Special Tribute Award to the late Alexander McQueen, with whom she shared a fashion moment when they showed up in matching tartans to the Costume Institute benefit in 2006. Meanwhile, Caroline Kennedy will bestow Vogue fashion director Tonne Goodman with the Eleanor Lambert Award.
Elsewhere, Matt Tyrnauer, best known for his directorial debut “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” directed the film to go with Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Michael Kors, while Richard Press, who created “Bill Cunningham New York,” did the short film for Eugenia Sheppard Award honoree Kim Hastreiter.
OPRAH’S RETAIL FOOTPRINT: Oprah Winfrey’s retail play, The Oprah Store, will launch a 138-square-foot “micro salon” on Thursday on the second floor of Chicago’s Water Tower Place — and there are hints the talk show queen might be eyeing a higher retail profile.
“We’re always looking for opportunities to expand,” said Don Halcombe, director of communications for Winfrey’s Harpo Productions. “We hope to have some more information to share in the next few weeks.” The Water Tower Place location will carry merchandise and memorabilia from Winfrey’s original specialty store, a 5,500-square-foot boutique across from Harpo Studios, including pieces from the “O” signature baby collection and South African crafts and jewelry. Although Winfrey has indicated the upcoming 25th season of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will be her last as she moves to start her own network, The Oprah Store in Chicago will remain. The unit carries some 700 private label products reflecting the style and taste Winfrey highlights on her show and in the pages of O, The Oprah Magazine.
MULBERRY’S LATEST MOVE: Mulberry’s London flagship will have a new home come December. The British accessories brand has inked a deal to lease a 5,400-square-foot space for 25 years at 50 New Bond Street, just four doors away from its current location. The flagship will be the same size as its current store at 41-42 New Bond Street, but it will span one floor — instead of three. Mulberry will pay an initial rent of 1.4 million pounds, or $2.02 million, per year on the new property. The closure of the old store will give rise to a one-off, exceptional charge of 1.1 million pounds, or $1.59 million.
PICK YOUR BATTLE: Convivio, the biennial AIDS charity initiative conceived by the late Gianni Versace whose original committee included Giorgio Armani, Gianfranco Ferré and Valentino Garavani, is about to celebrate its 10th edition. “Our support of Convivio and ANLAIDS is extremely significant because it represents a moment in which fashion is able to confront critical life matters,” said Armani. The six-day event will kick off with a fund-raising gala on June 10, followed by the “Mostra Mercato,” a marketplace open from June 11 to 15 at the Milan fairgrounds, where Italy’s top fashion houses, including Armani, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Missoni, Prada and Valentino, will offer their wares at half price with 100 percent of the proceeds going to ANLAIDS (an Italian association against AIDS). Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani will organize the Vintage corner, featuring items previously owned by celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Madonna, in addition to donations from designers’ archives. There will also be an “Easy Test” area with quick and simple HIV testing for the duration of the fair, as well as an auction of a Citroën DS3 “Just Black,” designed specially for this anniversary edition. The French carmaker will also present a never-before-seen concept car called GQ by Citroën that was designed together with GQ.
ALL TIED UP: Penfield, the outdoor apparel brand best known for down-filled jackets and vests, has lined up some hip collaborations as it celebrates its 35th year. Hudson, Mass.-based Penfield teamed up with Rag & Bone for a second spell, on two men’s jackets and a women’s jacket, available at select Rag & Bone retailers for holiday. For fall, Penfield will launch two men’s shirts in partnership with a fellow American-heritage company, shirtmaker Gitman Bros. It also created down vests for the Japanese retailers United Arrows and Edifice and the London boutique Garbstore, exclusive to each.
LOOKING EAST: Aubin & Wills, the British label that’s an older sibling to the Jack Wills university-inspired label, opened its largest U.K. store on Redchurch Street in East London’s Shoreditch Thursday night in a sprawling Fifties office building. But the 7,500-square-foot space has ambitions to be more than a retail emporium — the label has opened its own gallery on the space’s second floor, along with a cinema in its basement. The 50-seat cinema is run by Shoreditch House, the members’ club nearby to the store, and is fitted with plush velvet armchairs as seating. The 2,000-square-foot gallery, meanwhile, is curated by the London artist Stuart Semple, and is showcasing an exhibition called “This Is England,” which looks at several illustrators’, painters’ and photographers’ left-field vision of England today. The store is Aubin & Wills’ seventh stand-alone unit in the U.K., and the label also has plans to expand into the U.S. and Japan.
IN REALITY: Keith Lissner, a former contestant on Bravo’s “The Fashion Show,” is on board at Devon Works, designing a women’s collection called Devon. It will launch this fall, when a 6,000-square-foot Devon boutique designed by Peter Arnell opens in Beverly Hills. As design director for the women’s division, Lissner is whipping up daytime separates and eveningwear, as well as customized pieces and bridal for private clients. Meanwhile, the Keith Lissner and Keith by Keith Lissner labels are being shuttered.
BEARD IN SAN FRANCISCO: The Veronica Beard Collection — and its one item, The Jacket, retailing for $805 to $1,030 — bowed in San Francisco on Thursday at Wilkes Bashford, one of six high-end specialty stores in the U.S. that have so far picked up the new women’s sportswear brand launched in February with plans to introduce one new piece each season. “We’re designing pieces that play into your wardrobe,” said Veronica Swanson Beard, who previously worked in high-end fashion wholesale and as a retail buyer and is now in business with her sister-in-law Veronica Miele Beard, a former hedge fund manager. Made in New York City, The Jacket is marketed for its classic tailoring and versatility because it has zip-out and interchangeable zip-up dickeys, which make it look like you’re wearing another layer.
“With kids, we saw a need to have an instant jacket that looks great,” said Swanson Beard, who’s from San Francisco and described their piece-by-piece approach as being curated. Several friends and her sister Alexis Swanson Traina were among those who stopped by the trunk show. “The jackets are everyday chic,” said Vanessa Getty. Swanson Beard said 15 orders were placed for the street-smart jackets, also being sold in New York at Kirna Zabête, as well as Edit; Richards in Greenwich, Conn.; Dressed in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Roan in Richmond, Va.