FASHION SCOOPS

BLACK IS BACK: Graeme Black, the former senior designer of women’s wear at Giorgio Armani, might be back in the fashion game. Sources say he’s about to join Ferragamo as the chief designer for women’s wear, and that an announcement could be made as soon as Monday. The Scottish-born Black left Armani in December after seven years. He would replace Marc Audibet, who left the Florence-based Ferragamo late last year. Ferragamo and Black both declined to comment.

PRETTY BOYS: Lest you thought today’s teenage heartthrobs look so kissable without help, think again. Leonardo DiCaprio, for example, apparently can’t live without a stick of Clarins lip balm, according to a spokeswoman for the beauty firm. Even more high maintenance is Robbie Williams. According to Clarins, his beauty regimen spans a battalion of products, including day cream, moisture lotion, exfoliating refiner, blue-orchid face oil and its “Beauty Flash Balm.” We’re not sure where the often-naked pop star applies the latter product.

CHLOE DAYS: Kate Hudson is becoming a Chloe girl. In Paris until mid-May filming “The Divorce,” the next film by James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, Hudson and her costumers have been making repeated pilgrimages to the Chloe showroom on Faubourg Saint-Honore and have so far collected about a dozen outfits from Phoebe Philo’s spring collection. Hudson wears the brand exclusively in the film, including white tailored pants and lace blouses with embroidery. As you might have guessed, the film is not the usual lush, historical Merchant Ivory fare, but set in modern times. It also stars Glenn Close and Matthew Modine.

CRYSTAL BALL: There’s already one notable regret among the rsvp’s for the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards on June 3. When asked what she’d be wearing that night, Nadja Swarovski, vice president of Swarovski, which is underwriting the event, replied, “Probably a bikini, because I’ll be on my honeymoon. I had to choose between the CFDA and marriage, and I chose marriage.” Swarovski is engaged to marry Rupert Adams on May 25. At least she picked an American label for her gown: Badgley Mischka.

CONSTANCE CHANGE: Just weeks after announcing that Full Frontal Fashion would be bumped up to become a daily program on Metro TV, executives at the Network tell WWD that the show has signed veteran fashion journalist Constance White to deliver “News Flash”, a minute-long report that will air twice every hour and offer “reports on industry news, retail trends and in-store events.” In addition, White will host longer weekly segments on the happenings and goings-on of the fashion industry.

FURNISH ON FASHION: David Furnish, the film maker boyfriend of Elton John, has begun work on a fashion documentary that will air on Britain’s Channel Four this fall. The working title is — what else? — “Furnish on Fashion” and the piece will cover the interplay between fashion and celebrity, power, money and artistic creativity.

ARMED FOR FASHION: With fashion in the doldrums, retailers appear to be targeting all kinds of niche markets, although perhaps not intentionally.
To show off its new one-shoulder long-sleeve dresses in its windows, the Rainbow Shop at 380 Fifth Avenue in New York has displayed them on armless mannequins that give the appearance of a one-armed woman, stopping at least one pedestrian dead in her tracks.
According to Manny, Rainbow Shop’s manager who declined to give his last name, “That’s how the mannequins come. They don’t have arms. These particular looks are one-shoulder dresses.”
Of course the look is quite alarming. Will the one-armed look cause complaints from people with disabilities?
A spokesman for the Americans with Disabilities Act said it wouldn’t normally investigate these kind of complaints unless the workers complained that something was offensive to them.

DOUBLE PLUS GOOD: Phillip Starck’s restaurant profile in Paris is getting higher than a New York taxi driver’s blood pressure. Today, the design guru inaugurates his second location for Bon, at 2 Rue du Quatre Septembre. The first Bon bowed in the 16th arrondissement two years ago. And now WWD has learned that Starck and his business partner, Laurent Taieb, are planning to open a third Bon, at the Samaritaine department store, which is getting an overhaul by its new owners, the luxury giant LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Diners will have a splendid view since Samaritaine is set on the Seine and Bon will be on the sixth floor. And that’s not all. A Lo Sushi restaurant designed by Andree Putnam is slated to open in Samaritaine as well. Both will bow sometime next year.

THE FISHING WELLS: Allure’s Linda Wells was trying to catch a man at the party she hosted at Henri Bendel Tuesday night to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and Just For The Children. Wells was seen throwing her line many times into the makeshift pool, provided by BeneFit Cosmetics, of gift bags and prizes — including a 26-year-old man.
Iman, fitness guru David Kirsch, actress Caroline Rhea, stylist Phillip Bloch and makeup artist Kevin Aucoyn were among the 700 in the crowd. After asking Wells for makeup tips, Rhea liked her ideas so much she invited her to appear on this fall’s upcoming “Caroline Rhea Show.”

CAPITALIZING ON ART: Shoppers might think twice about their next spree, after checking out “The Passions of the Good Citizen” at the Apex art gallery in Tribeca. Curator Heather Felty explains: “This shows how marketing and advertising directs our dreams. It’s a cyclical structure. We look to advertising and it feeds us what we want.
“Fashion photographer Juergen Teller and six other artists are featured in the show, which bowed Wednesday and runs through May 11.
Hinting at how we are sometimes blinded by capitalism, Ester Partegas’ work features images of six people with bags on their heads from places like Kiehl’s, the NBA store and Ikea.

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