BAG LADIES: What do Kylie Minogue and Juliette Binoche have in common with Cecilia Dean, Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld? Word has it those five women will soon be the recipients of a “pumpkin” handbag from Givenchy. The French house is banking on the placement to generate buzz for its latest style. Meanwhile, Minogue was slated to meet Givenchy designer Julien Macdonald today, a day ahead of her concert in Paris. Will he coax her into carrying one on stage?
INDEPENDENTS’ DAY: Rei Kawakubo is living up to her reputation as the designer’s designer. From mid-July through mid-October, she plans to showcase the first furniture designs by Sir Paul Smith in her Comme des Garcons boutiques in New York and Tokyo. Smith, who is often in Japan, recently showed Kawakubo photos of the line, manufactured by Cappellini in Italy. Kawakubo took a shine to Smith’s quirky photo-printed lacquered cabinets and figured they would look great in her stores. And she didn’t stop there. She also plans to carry some of Smith’s hand-embroidered shirts, too.
EVERLASTING LOVE: Legendary couturier Yves Saint Laurent may have retired last January, but the tributes go on. From July 5 to Aug. 3, Paris department store Le Bon Marche plans to show the famous “love” posters he has sent out as New Year’s wishes since 1970. Meanwhile, the Museum of Fine Arts and Lace in Alencon, an hour west of Paris, just christened an exhibition of Saint Laurent designs, running until Sept. 29 and spotlighting the couturier’s use of lace.
Elsewhere on the museum circuit, a new exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs shines a spotlight on the least glamorous item in any fashion junkie’s closet — the clothes hanger itself. The grandaddy of today’s wire triangle first appeared in France in the 16th century, says the accompanying catalog by Daniel Rozensztroch. The oldest piece in this exhibition dates back to the late 19th century, but in addition to such classics as carved wood, wire or plastic there are inflatable, beaded and folding hangers, and hangers incorporating lint brushes. The most recent example is — illogically, perhaps — a backpacker’s hanger, created from a length of shock-corded tent pole suspended from a rock climber’s carabiner. What would Joan Crawford say?