SUNDAY BEST: The aptly named rock band Taking Back Sunday performed this past Sunday in the kids’ department of Macy’s Herald Square to mark the launch of the new DCoded kids’ brand. “Thanks for coming out on a Sunday afternoon. You all should be in church,” joked the band’s front man, Adam Lazzara, to the several hundred screaming teens and tweens — and some patient parents — assembled on the store’s seventh floor. The Long Island-based rockers performed for nearly an hour. Some attendees began lining up outside Macy’s at 6 a.m. in order to be among the first 100 purchasers of DCoded product and thus guaranteed an autograph and photo with the band. “Taking Back Sunday’s fan base is certainly our demographic,” said Gila Goodman, president and chief executive officer of Success Apparel, which is launching DCoded boys’ wear in more than 575 Macy’s doors this fall, with a young men’s collection coming in the spring.
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SILK CHARITY: Hermès is reissuing a special version of its “Perspective” silk-twill scarf to support the International Federation of Human Rights on the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention for the rights of women. Priced at 215 euros, or $305.40 at current exchange, the scarf will be sold exclusively on the federation’s Web site, fidh.org, early next month. The original copy of the scarf has been signed by actress and singer Jane Birkin, who is also an ambassador for the organization. It will be exhibited from Nov. 1 in the Paris bookshop of French auction house Artcurial and sold through silent auction on Nov. 6. All proceeds from this sale will be donated to the federation.
DANCE NO MORE: One name conspicuously absent from the lineup of the fall season of “Dancing With the Stars” is Vera Wang. For weeks, reports had been circulating in fashion circles that the designer and former figure skater was a shoe-in for the show, which kicks off on ABC Sept. 21. Wang, who is widely believed to have been in negotiations with the network, had no comment Monday. Those who were hoping for her to kick up her heels with a cha-cha or foxtrot now will have to make do with the other contestants, who include Kelly Osbourne, Debi Mazar, Mya, Kathy Ireland and Macy Gray.
SWINE FLOU: Over the years, Marc Jacobs has dressed quite a few celebrities, but there was a somewhat unexpected star sighting at his Spring Street headquarters on Monday. Miss Piggy stopped by the designer’s offices, where she was fitted with a little black number from Jacobs’ fall collection. Jacobs executives remained mum on the outfit, which Miss Piggy will reveal on the red carpet at Macy’s Glamorama bash in Chicago Friday. And the porky diva got the full star treatment — rumor has it she had her picture taken with Jacobs. Or should we say that Jacobs had his picture taken with her?
COMING BACK: Two more designers have revealed plans to show during London Fashion Week to mark the 25th anniversary of the event.
Antonio Berardi, who launched his label in London in 1995, will come back to the British capital after showing in Paris since 2005. “London has always felt like my home,” he said. “I am grateful to the [British Fashion Council] for the invitation to return.” The Italian beer brand Peroni — which has recently collaborated with Berardi on a leather weekend bag exclusive to Yoox.com — is sponsoring the designer’s show.
Also coming back is Sass & Bide, the Australian denim and ready-to-wear label, which will show on the evening of Sept. 18. Designers Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton first showed in London in 2002, and most recently have been showing the label in New York.
Berardi and Sass & Bide are the latest in a list of labels returning to London this season, including Burberry, Matthew Williamson, Pringle, Jonathan Saunders and Jasmine de Milo.