FUR FLIES: Revillon, the oldest furrier in the world, is getting ready to rev up its profile with a luxury ready-to-wear line. According to sources, the house is currently interviewing designers and has already approached Yvan Miseplaere, who recently exited Louis Feraud and plans to launch a signature line. Reached Thursday, Revillon president Dusanka Milisevic said the company hopes to name a designer in about a month. Revillon, founded in 1723, is owned by the Swiss investment firm Fibalko SA.
GO EAST: Quintessential Left Bank designer Sonia Rykiel will be guest of honor April 27 and 28 during Chinese Fashion Week in Shanghai. Rykiel will present two separate runway extravaganzas of the fall-winter collection she showed last month in Paris. Last year’s guest of honor was Gianfranco Ferre. Lanvin and Missoni will also travel to Shanghai to present their fall collections as part of the festivities. During her stay, Rykiel will don her professor’s cap for a seminar at the China Textile University, where she has been an honorary professor for four years. Her subject: Art and the Manner of Seduction. Rykiel will also make a stopover in Japan, where she will stage two runway shows in Tokyo’s Sogo museum, and then she will inaugurate her first stand-alone accessories boutique in Japan. Over the next two years, the company plans to roll out 10 like units across the island country.
QUEEN OF KENT: Who knew that Anna Sui’s fame reached so deep into the heartland? It turns out the denizens of Kent, Ohio — home to the fashion school at Kent State — have been anxiously awaiting her arrival. “I called the best hotel here and the young woman taking the reservation said ‘Anna Sui! You’re kidding,”‘ the school’s director, Dr. Elizabeth Rhodes, reported. “Then she put down the phone and said, ‘Hey everyone, Anna Sui is going to stay in our hotel!”‘
Last year, the school’s 650 fashion majors nominated Randolph Duke. But today, Sui will be inducted into the school’s Fashion Hall of Fame. “I guess I just have to show up,” said Sui on Thursday. “I keep saying, ‘Don’t you want me to give a speech or something?”‘ Sui, a Michigan native, will take the opportunity to swing by and visit her parents.
SWISS FAMILY SMITH: Bella Freud celebrated her birthday Wednesday night with a bevy of friends including Picasso scribe John Richardson and designer Larissa at Smith. Readying for his trip to Kuwait, Kal Ruttenstein was also dining at Brian McNally’s East Village den.
McNally’s brother Billy stopped by for some chow, after working overtime staining floors at Cafe Leibowitz, his new Spring Street restaurant. “Look at how stained my hands are.” Asked if he’d be ready for tonight’s opening, he said, “Oh, we’ll be ready alright.”