CALLAGHAN CLOSES A DOOR: Not only has Callaghan lost its designer Nicolas Ghesquiere, the company is also closing its one and only flagship. The Callaghan boutique on via della Spiga is slated to shutter for good in July, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed. As reported, there will be no fall 2001 collection due to Ghesquiere’s exit — and the company’s failure to find a replacement in time. However, principals at Callaghan are said to be on the hunt for a successor. The designer, meanwhile, is expected to ink a deal with Gucci soon. He has been in talks with the luxury goods group about setting up a Nicolas Ghesquiere fashion house.
A HOMECOMING? Patrizio di Marco, head of Celine’s U.S. operations since October 1999, is leaving his post — and America — at the end of the month. Sources say he’s headed back to his native Italy, and possibly to Gucci. Di Marco’s old friend Giacomo Santucci, with whom he worked at Prada, has just been hired as managing director of the Gucci division and vice president of Gucci Group. Could a reunion be in the works? All parties declined to comment.
SWEET YOUTH: With babydoll dresses and puff-sleeved blouses all over the catwalk this season, fashion is having a Lolita moment. And lo and behold, in the Boss Hugo Boss front row Saturday was Dominique Swain, who played the precocious nymphet in the 1999 film opposite Jeremy Irons. “Fantastic,” she said when told of the trend. “I think it’s an excellent look and it’s about time the movie got some good publicity.”
Over at Emporio Armani, another young starlet, Erika Christensen, underwent her fashion baptism. “It was my first fashion show and in fact, it was my first time in Europe,” she said. The star of Oscar-nominated “Traffic” said she’s been window-shopping and enjoying Armani’s hospitality. She was invited by Giorgio Armani to an Eric Clapton concert and was slated to be front row again at the designer’s show today.
Christensen was one of several young actresses who turned out for the Clapton concert. While she and Aalyah, Emilie Dequenne, Drena De Niro and Sarah Wynter, who went with her fiance Emmanuel Xuereb, were models of decorum, it was the small group of editors that Armani invited who were in a feistier mode. On the way to the Fila Forum, discussion centered on a single lofty question: What rock star would you most like to sleep with? While Clapton scored no lower than number two with any of the five women in the car, by night’s end, the last holdout had upgraded him to number one. Maybe it was just the heat of the concert moment. But then isn’t the heat of the moment what such things are all about?
GOLDEN MILE: Narciso Rodriguez and Prada have both set up shop on via Montenapoleone. On Sunday, Narciso inaugurated an 1,100-square-foot flagship with stone columns, gold-colored walls and heavy oak display tables. “I wanted something warm,” he said. “I didn’t want another glass and chrome monolith that’s antiseptic. I wanted something more approachable.” The store features accessories and ready-to-wear on the main floor and more of the collection on a mezzanine area. “Make sure you look at the dressing rooms,” he said, proud of such luxe features as dark brown leather curtains.
Last Friday, Prada unveiled its new women’s store, a 6,000-square-foot-space that sells the clothing, accessories and makeup lines. The first level boasts black marble floors, frosted glass fixtures and Prada’s signature mint green walls — albeit in a slightly cooler shade. The second floor houses a VIP room — which, of course, has a separate entrance from the street — and a cosmetics corner where skin care specialists use a computer to help customers choose the right products. The store also carries exclusive accessories, including two-toned patent leather bags and other patent leather bags with a straw print.
WINDOWS ON MOSCHINO: A familiar crowd of lady vampires, gladiators, supermen and fashion victims populate “? Moschino,” the company’s latest coffee-table book celebrating 10 years of window dressing at Moschino. The tome goes on sale later this month and features photos of the windows in the via Sant’Andrea store month-by-month: mannequins with soccer balls and panettone boxes worn as hats; spoofs of Magritte paintings and handbags merchandised amidst fresh produce at an outdoor market. The book will be published in the U.S. by Abbeville Press.