UFO SIGHTING: An exhibition of free-form thongs and G-strings entitled “G-Force” has opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art at the Philip Morris building in Manhattan. The exhibit is designed by E.V. Day, an artist known for exploring “cultural fetishism and the interplay of desire, fantasy and popular culture,” said a museum spokeswoman.
Day used candy pink thongs by Frederick’s of Hollywood to create groups of schematic flying shapes that reference both birds and fighter jet planes. Pedestrians taking a lunch break, enjoying a caffe latte or waiting for a commuter train at nearby Grand Central Station can view some 200 of these high-flying undies, which hang from the ceiling in formations based on flight patterns of birds and man-made flying objects.
The idea is to “create abstractions of flight and movement that animate the boundary between indoor and outdoor space,” said the spokeswoman.
The exhibit runs through Jan. 4, 2002.

HIGH-FLYING BRAS: The Japan division of Triumph International — Europe’s largest innerwear manufacturer, with wholesale sales in excess of $3.5 billion — knows an opportunity when it sees it.
Because of increased security measures at airports worldwide, the Japanese unit has decided to launch a metal-free bra. In some cases, the tiny metal fasteners, such as hooks and eyes, bra-strap adjusters and even metallic treatments, have triggered alarms on airport security detectors.
A sampling of around 500 frequent-flyer bras are scheduled to be sold online in December.

HUG ALUMNI: The annual black-tie cocktail and dinner HUG Awards gala Nov. 6 will include an all-star cast of former HUG awardees, who will be this year’s honorary grand chairmen and chairwomen: Paul R. Charron, chairman and chief executive officer of Liz Claiborne Co.; Vanessa Castagna, chief operating officer and vice president of merchandising and stores at J.C. Penney; Robert L. Mettler, ceo of Macy’s West; Charles Hayes, ceo of Guilford Mills; Janice Page, a former retail executive at Sears, Roebuck & Co.; Michael Gottlieb, former owner of Liberty Fabrics; Verna K. Gibson, a former retail executive at Petrie Stores; Marc Balmuth, a consultant to the innerwear industry, and Hal J. Upbin, chairman and ceo of Kellwood Co.
The event will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York beginning at 6 p.m. It is hosted by The Intimate Apparel Square Club, whose officers are Walter Costello, president; Rosa Chamides; first vice president; Steven Chernoff, second vice president; Barry Ross, secretary; and Rudy Masry, treasurer.

CHANTELLE ONLINE: Chantelle, the upscale maker of French foundations, has officially launched its Web site, The site features the following components: visuals of the latest Chantelle runway shows, where to purchase Chantelle products, how to determine your bra size and schedules of upcoming bra-fitting events. You can also send someone a sexy e-card.