DONATELLA’S DESTINY: Donatella Versace has a Bootylicious front row lined up for her show Tuesday night in Milan. Two out of the three divas behind the group Destiny’s Child are confirmed. It’s not clear yet, whether Beyonce Knowles can break away from filming the third Austin Powers movie to attend the show. But either way, the songbirds will have no problem getting their groove on at Versace’s exclusive after-show party at Club Black. Donatella has tapped legendary deejay Junior Vasquez to spin for the fete.
PRADA’S DENIAL: In response to the recent reports that it was interested in selling one of its subsidiaries, Prada Group released a terse, strong statement late Thursday categorically denying it is in talks or has intentions of selling Helmut Lang and Jil Sander. For months, industry sources have hinted at a possible sell-off of Lang and of a possible reunion between Prada chief executive officer Patrizio Bertelli and designer Jil Sander. Currently, Milan Vukmirovic is creative director of Jil Sander. A Prada spokeswoman said the Italian luxury goods company wanted to set the record straight by once again issuing a denial to what Prada calls nothing more than rumors.
TAKE THE PLUNGE: The lack of A-list actresses at the last round of Milan shows must have left the Italian paparazzi celebrity-starved, because they had a feeding field day with Charlize Theron at the Blunauta show Tuesday. The leggy actress, who moonlights as Blunauta’s spokesmodel, had to be escorted by a phalanx of Italian vigilanze into the Milan fairgrounds. Theron’s escorts proved to be a challenge for the paparazzi, but were nowhere near as tricky as Blunauta’s runway. Suspended over a shallow pool of water, the narrow runway seemed more like a plank as tentative photographers snapped pictures of the seated Theron. The balancing proved too much for one photographer, who made a splash when he came tumbling down smack in front of her.
EVASIVE EVA: Eva Herzigova put her charitable face forward when she posed in the window-front of a huge Milan music store earlier this week for Parmalat milk and yogurt. The Wonderbra model may have donated her salary from the event to the women of Afghanistan, but she was less giving to the Italian press. During the first interview, Herzigova apparently became offended when one reporter asked her a question about her love life. She got up, stormed off and never returned, leaving the remaining Italian TV crews desperate for a sound bite. Last night, however, they had a second chance to interview her. Herzigova helped open the new exhibit, “Diamonds” at Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale, and this time around, she couldn’t run off because guards were watching the deep-blue, 27-carat, “Heart of Eternity” diamond wrapped around her neck.
BYBLOS’S BLUNDER: Exactly what season did Byblos show on Wednesday? Well the runway reality might have been fall-winter 2002, but according to the invites it was spring-summer. Someone bungled the printing job and sent out hundreds of invitations stamped with the wrong season. Maybe the Prada-owned fashion company assumed no one would notice the typo since the majority of editors and buyers had not yet arrived. However, for next season, maybe they’ll hire a better copy editor before shipping off the invites.
SHOSHANNA’S PLAN: Shoshanna Lonstein is looking to expand her product lines. The creative force behind Shoshanna Group Inc. already does dresses, sportswear and swimwear and now may go down the licensing road, according to its legal counsel, Brett Meyer of Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn. Recent reports in the financial markets had daywear and sleepwear manufacturer Lady Ester pulling out as Shoshanna’s backer but Meyer denied it, saying, “Lady Ester has always been and continues to be the financial backer of Shoshanna.”