THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE: OK,OK, so egos got bruised. Things got taken the wrong way. Feelings were hurt. But eveningwear designer CD Greene would like to set the record straight that he has been slighted not only once, but twice now over the mistreatment of Ananda Lewis’ Oscar night gown. As reported in WWD on Tuesday, Marc Bouwer cried foul over the red crepe dress that Lewis ordered from Greene, alleging it was a knockoff of the gown he had earlier withdrawn from her consideration because he considered her butt to be too big.
Not so, now says Greene, who feels doubly insulted. Greene was originally asked to design Lewis’ dress, but he said he was brushed aside when Lewis decided she preferred a dress from Bouwer. When that look fell apart at the seams, she ran back to Greene and selected a red ruffle jumpsuit he had designed last summer. As evidence, he offered a similar look from that collection that appeared on the cover of the January issue of Razor.
“I don’t copy other people’s work,” Greene said. “I rely on my own artistic integrity. I don’t look at other designers’ stuff to even get ideas.” He also defended Lewis’ derriere, saying she’s got a 28-inch waist, but is a size 12 on the bottom, not 14 as Bouwer’s camp claimed. “Marc’s made clothes for Star Jones and for Patti LaBelle, who are well beyond Ananda’s size,” he said. “I just think he didn’t like the way his own dress looked.”
ALL ABOARD: Christian Lacroix certainly has a thing about trains. Two years ago, he wrapped a high-speed train shuttling between Paris and Marseille with a signature photo-montage design. And on Tuesday, he unveiled an outdoor ad campaign at 14 of the biggest railway stations in France. Lacroix says he was attracted to the new high-tech billboards, which reflect the more graphic direction of his recent collections. The campaign images showcase model Hannelore Knuts photographed by Matthias Vriens. The ad blitz, on 700 billboards, lasts one week. But what exactly is it with Lacroix and trains? Well, his grandfather and great-grandfather both worked on the line.
BOOGIE NIGHTS: Paris nightclub power brokers David and Cathy Guetta, whose names are practically synonymous with Les Bains Douches, have sold their 40 percent stake in the famous club after a falling out with majority owner Hubert Boukobza, according to their spokesman. The Guettas, who also own the restaurant Tanjia and the new upscale strip joint Pink Platinum, plan to open a Paris discotheque in the coming months. Meanwhile, Boukobza, founder of Les Bains, now owns all of it along with stakes in the trendy restaurants Korova and Nobu.