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FRENCH TOUCH: Yves Saint Laurent is the latest French brand to take its cruise collection on the road — and to put it on a runway. YSL designer Stefano Pilati is heading to New York for an intimate showing of his pre-spring designs at the Consulate General of France on June 3. The small-scale show is to be held in one of the consulate’s silk-walled salons.
CITY SWAPS: Italy’s Camera della Moda is still fine-tuning its schedule for men’s fashion week in Milan, and, while a first draft shows no major adjustments to the head count, a few houses will forgo the runway in June. Alexander McQueen, Les Hommes, Missoni and Moschino are opting for presentations, while CP Company will show its collection solely at the Pitti Uomo trade fair, which kicks off in Florence on June 15. The trade show’s special guest of honor, Jil Sander, also will present its collection in the Tuscan capital this season on June 17. Trading places, Pitti Uomo stalwart Corneliani will make its Milan runway debut, as will Turkish designer Umit Benan. Calvin Klein also returns to Italy’s fashion capital after last season’s hiatus. Finally, Ermenegildo Zegna and Z Zegna will present its collections simultaneously.
BEACH BOUND: Michael Kors is heading out East — to the Hamptons that is. On May 27, Kors will be opening a store at 30 Main Street in Southampton. The unit, with 1,050 square feet of selling space, will offer a mix of merch targeted to the Hamptons clientele and culled from the designer’s Collection, Kors Michael Kors and Michael Michael Kors lines.
PAGING MICKEY MOUSE: MAC Cosmetics is teaming up with Disney to create a limited edition color collection, intended to launch globally in late September in all MAC locations. The products will feature four Disney characters, on which the brand is keeping mum at the moment — although with a collection name of Venomous Villains, it is assumed that we’re not talking Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse here. Lipstick, powder, lip gloss and blush shades will be sold, ranging in price from $12 to $29.50.
GOAL CORNER: “Silencio!” Sting shouted over the throngs of soccer enthusiasts and hipsters gathered Friday evening at the new Nike Stadium store on the Bowery. Though the pop-up shop, which celebrates the 2010 World Cup, won’t officially open until Thursday, the Rafael de Cárdenas-designed space was only partially completed as guests such as Jen Brill and Justin Theroux made their way past the soccer jerseys hanging from one completed wall. “The idea with Nike is to create an artistic space and a clubhouse where art can be featured,” said de Cárdenas, who was inspired by soccer fields when designing the space, and created removable, magnetic shelving for the store so exhibits — such as various teams’ jerseys, for instance — as well as seating areas can be moved around. The centerpiece of the party was a short film, “Everything Is Practice,” directed by Jake Sumner — son of Trudie Styler and the aforementioned rock star, who got the party quiet as the film unspooled on a large wall — featuring Spike Lee assistant coaching his son’s soccer team. “It’s one of my first big projects,” admitted Sumner, who, when it comes to his native U.K. teams, cheers for Chelsea. “I’m not like a huge football fan,” Sumner said, “but the film was my idea, to kind of show Spike and these kids, and show what it means to be a team.” The Stadium pop-ups also are opening in Berlin, London, Paris, Tokyo and Milan, and will feature interactive games, the Nike Sportswear product based on the game calendar — up first, team kits for Brazil — as well as basement lockers for local sports teams, including the NYC BridgeRunners.
ALL ABOUT CHINA: Eager to emphasise the importance of the Chinese market, Salvatore Ferragamo launched a partnership with Bank of China Monday with a four-week “Living Art Exhibition” in the lobby of the I.M. Pei-designed banking headquarters. The exhibition, which showcases the brand’s iconic bags and wedge shoes, will lead up to a fall fashion show on June 11. The collaboration continues with a limited edition charity line of small leather goods that also will bear the Bank of China logo. Proceeds will go to local Hong Kong charity Community Chest.
WHERE EVERY CLIQUE IS A FASHION CLIQUE: The High School of Fashion Industries will hold its annual scholarship fund-raiser on Wednesday. The event, which is expected to raise $25,000 for the school, will honor designer and HMX Group creative director Joseph Abboud this year. The students will also produce a fashion show during the evening, which is held at the school on West 24th street in Manhattan. Past honorees for the fund-raiser, chaired this year by IMG veteran Christina Neault, include Tim Gunn and Ruth Finley.
NEW RECRUIT: Paris-based designer Bouchra Jarrar has been invited to join the official couture calendar. Jarrar, who founded her signature couture label in January and showed structured, two-toned pieces, said she would “continue with the same concept for the next collection.” Jarrar has also been nominated for the ANDAM award, to be presented June 28. Prior to launching her brand, Jarrar worked at Balenciaga for almost a decade and was the former couture director at Christian Lacroix.