KARL’S CAKE WALK: Karl Lagerfeld has found a new outlet for his talents — baking. Chef Karl has designed a Christmas cake for French caterer Gaston Lenotre, an old gastronomic buddy of the designer. Karl’s cake is based on the look of his new Paris boutique: Its base is in the colors of the mosaic floor of the Borek Sipek-designed store, while the top is done in creme glacé to match the store’s flowery light fixtures. And at $70 a cake, that works out to about $9 a slice.
WHO’S NEXT: Xavier Clergerie and Bertrand Foache, founders of the Paris accessories show Première Classe, are bringing their new trade fair concept “Who’s Next,” launched last September, to a retail level. Later this month, the duo, joined by Stussy’s French agent Olivier Sudre, are opening a store offering surf and hip hop street fashion in a rave-y ambiance. Located in the former “Au Vieux Continent” near Les Halles, the 10,750-square-foot shop will cater to French youngsters craving street and clubwear. Open from noon to 11 p.m., the store will feature loud music spun by a DJ, and possibly live entertainment. Negotiations with two radio stations for in-store broadcasting are in the works. The store will also have a basement restaurant, in addition to housing the “Who’s Next” magazine staff.
JUST SAY NO: The British government is taking an increasingly hard attitude toward the opening of shopping malls, warehouse clubs, factory outlets and other out-of-town retail developments. Earlier this year, it ordered local zoning authorities to favor city centers over non-city locations. Now, the environment committee of the House of Commons has issued a report calling for restrictions on the development of warehouse parks; imposing an automatic rejection of plans for shopping malls or other developments around small towns; considering warehouse clubs as normal retail developments for planning purposes, and prohibiting factory outlets from selling current season merchandise.