DUTCH MUCH: The drama and chaos outside the Viktor & Rolf show earlier this month recalled Paris in the Eighties, when getting into a Claude Montana or Thierry Mugler show was a near life-threatening experience. It proved too much for Paris public relations guru Sylvie Grumbach, who has parted ways with the cult Dutch design duo after a 10-year association. For the past three seasons, Viktor & Rolf shows have simply been too small and upset too many editors, she said. Grumbach’s agency, Deuxieme Bureau, continues to work with Lanvin, Feraud, Veronique Leroy, Montana and others. A spokesman for Viktor & Rolf cited a “difference of opinion” but declined further comment.
LULU OF A SCENT: First it was bags, then shoes — and now there will be a perfume for Lulu Guinness. The designer is close to inking a worldwide licensing deal with Riviera Concepts, a Toronto-based company, to launch her first fragrance. The scent is tentatively due for release in summer 2003. “I can’t wait to start developing both the scent and the packaging — but for the moment, everything is still in the very early stages,” said Guinness. So, will the fragrance be of English roses or Irish beer?
ROAD TRIP: Bill Blass designer Lars Nilsson is packing up his fall collection for one heck of a road trip. The designer’s first stop is Miami Beach, where he’ll be the main attraction for Miami Style V, a benefit fashion show for the Miami City Ballet hosted by Audi and Ocean Drive Magazine on March 30 at Casa Casuarina — also known as the old Versace mansion. Then he’s off to Houston for an appearance at Neiman Marcus and a formal show for its 20th “best dresses” luncheon at the Westin Galleria on April 2. It wouldn’t be so bad if the designer wasn’t enamored with seeing the country by rail. He refuses to travel any other way — domestically, anyway — and has booked his entire journey by train, including a 27-hour leg from New York to Miami. So much for the frequent flyer miles.