BALLY HO: A source close to Bally said the house has tapped Johnny Coca to oversee its men’s and women’s accessories lines and women’s shoes. Coca, who will start at Bally in mid-May, hails from Celine, where he designs accessories and oversees licenses. He is also an alum of Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. Coca replaces Melissa Maish, Bally’s design director for women’s accessories who left the luxury goods company after the presentation of the fall-winter 2004-2005 collection in Milan. Luca Ragonese will stay on as chief designer for men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and men’s shoes.
GOOD SPORTS: The Shriver clan — Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her husband Sargent “Sarge” Shriver, Timothy, Bobby, Anthony and First Lady of California Maria, descended on Giorgio Armani’s Rodeo Drive boutique Thursday night for a party hosted by Details and Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis to benefit Special Olympics, founded by Mrs. Kennedy Shriver in 1968. While the entire retinue wore neutral-hued Armani, it was Sarge who caused the biggest fashion frisson in an Old Guard navy blazer and buttercup yellow trousers paired not with the standard loafers, but black and gold Reebok trainers. “Am I hip? I don’t know,” he growled, “but have you ever seen an 89-year-old man do this?” he asked as he lifted his leg to a 45-degree angle, leaned over and bent his knee to better examine his shoes. “Oh, he is the most fashionable one of us,” joked his wife. “Don’t let him fool you.”
HITTING THE BOOKS: Tom Ford may have celluloid dreams, but he might make it into print sooner. Word has it the designer’s illustrious career at the creative helm of Gucci will be getting the coffee table treatment by Rizzoli, with a major tome due out some time later this year. Details are still being finalized, but are said to include contributions by Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter.
SWEET CHARITY: Rather than launching “The Right Address,” the novel she wrote with Carrie Karasyov, at the Chanel store, Jill Kargman, daughter of Arie and Coco Kopelman, held the shindig at the Club Monaco flagship on 57th Street. It’s not the first location that comes to mind after reading Karasyov and Kargman’s tale of the benefit circuit, but there’s an explanation: “I was at a 30th birthday party at Soho House and I was saying how people always think what I’m wearing is Chanel, but it’s actually from Club Monaco,” Kargman said. “Someone tapped me on the shoulder and it was Caroline Dougherty, a publicist at Club Monaco. I told her what I did and she asked me if she could throw me a book party.”
Marjorie Raein and Dylan Lauren stopped by to get their books signed and Kargman’s godmother, Teresa Heinz Kerry, popped in to say hello and played with Jodi Della Femina’s daughter, Annabel.
Kargman’s father proudly played host. “I like to say that I’m the Father of the Book now,” said Kopelman, adding that he doesn’t expect the book he’s writing — subject unrevealed — to be nearly as amusing as his daughter’s.