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NINO AND KATE: First Narciso Rodriguez designed Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s wedding dress when everybody expected Calvin Klein — Narciso’s and Carolyn’s former employer — to do it, and now Rodriguez has hired Kate Moss, practically Calvin’s house model, for his new Nino Cerruti campaign.
Moss — along with Dechen Thurman, Uma Thurman’s brother — was photographed in Paris this week by Paolo Roversi. The ads will appear as black-and-whites and color photographs in four-page inserts both in the U.S. and abroad.
Is Narciso, who was Calvin’s assistant for four years, still finding inspiration from the master?
No, at least according to a Cerruti spokeswoman. “She’s been in the show the last two years, She’s so much of a muse and she’s so beautiful and looks divine in Cerruti’s clothes.”
Calvin declined comment.

GIANNI’S NEW FACES: More celebrities for Gianni Versace and his high profile ad campaigns. Liam Gallagher, the singer for Oasis, and his girlfriend, Patsy Kensit, are slated to appear in an upcoming ad campaign that will feature “some interesting couples,” according to a Versace spokeswoman. And Dan O’Brien, the decathlon star, was recently photographed for an upcoming men’s campaign.

HUNK OF THE MONTH: Cosmopolitan has produced its first-ever Bachelor of the Month calendar. According to Helen Gurley Brown, departing editor in chief of Cosmo, the men had to be “sexy, single and solvent.” The men range from a New York City sculptor to a Texas rancher, with actors, UPS drivers and cops featured, as well. The calendar sells for $11.99 and will be distributed nationally.

BANKING ON FASHION: Forget all those fickle fashion winds, the United Bank of California wants in. In fact, the bank is aggressively courting business from the Los Angeles fashion community. In a statewide, prime-time commercial, the bank displays L.A.’s fashion scene as rivaling Seventh Avenue. Models with attitude work the catwalk, and mannequins are carted off to their next assignment, while the voiceover says, “Three thousand miles from New York’s Seventh Avenue, there’s a garment district, California-style. This is where Los Angeles fashion designers set trends the whole world will follow and where we have a special office with people who understand the rise and fall of hemlines, as well as they understand the rise and fall of interest rates. Because a state as different as California deserves a different kind of bank.”

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