BELLO BRODY: Fashion just can’t get enough of the slim and seductive Adrien Brody. After doing a full-court press at the Ermenegildo Zegna booth at Pitti Uomo last week in Florence, the Oscar winner headed north to sit front row at the Fendi spring men’s show in Milan Wednesday. Zegna might have discovered him first and made him the exclusive face of its ad campaigns, but since his Academy Award win for best actor this year, he’s been anointed the new darling of men’s fashion. “It’s been interesting, all the attention from the fashion world — I’m flattered,” Brody said backstage at Fendi, with his mom by his side. “I’m quite thin and so I think it’s very convenient, because I fit easily into sample sizes.”
His model size, however, could change if he stays too long in Italy. “I’m really enjoying the food and the company,” he said.
Over the weekend, Brody visited a friend at Lake Como before heading down to Milan to spend time with the Fendi clan, where dinner conversation revolved around Cinecittà and Federico Fellini. “I’m a huge Fellini fan — his work is so powerful and surreal,” Brody said. Although his trip this time around was too short for any sightseeing, Fendi creative director Silvia Venturini is already planning Brody’s next trip to the Bel Paese. “Next time he’s in Italy, I’ll take him to Rome,” Venturini said. “There we’ll visit the legendary Cinecittà studios together.”
Meanwhile, Dior president Sidney Toledano was moonlighting in broad daylight Wednesday, also in the front row at Fendi. As reported, Toledano has been tapped to oversee the strategy of the Rome-based fashion house, while maintaining his Dior duties. He’s still learning the ropes, and has yet to comment on his intentions for the Italian house. And Wednesday night, he was jetting back to Paris to get ready for the Dior Homme show Monday and couture July 7.
FASHION PIRACY: Did the Internet make Winona Ryder do it? Sony of America chief Sir Howard Stringer is willing to consider that the actress’ five-finger discount at Saks was inspired in part by the “anything goes” attitude surrounding the music and movies business in which they both make their living. During a breakfast panel Wednesday sponsored in part by The New Yorker, Stringer offered, “Piracy is theft. Like shoplifting. Just like a certain actress who wandered all over Hollywood.”
“Did you decline to name her because she’s been in Sony pictures?” interrupted moderator and New Yorker writer Ken Auletta.
Stringer retorted with a smile, “She probably stole from the set. She should have used the Internet defense — ‘I downloaded some music this morning, a movie in the afternoon and I thought I’d pick up a few outfits. The day was going great until I was arrested.’”
WHEN IN ROME: Yves Saint Laurent may have retired from the couture, but his fashion designs are still in hot demand. WWD has learned that next spring will see the opening of a major YSL exhibition in Rome at the Villa Medici museum. It will be curated by former couture chief Pierre Bergé, who is also at work with Saint Laurent converting its former Avenue Marceau headquarters into a YSL Museum. It’s slated to open at the end of the year.
ELTON’S FEELING AB FAB: After a walk-on role in “Will & Grace,” Sir Elton John has developed something of a penchant for the small screen. The star is set to make a cameo appearance in “Absolutely Fabulous.” Sir Elton, a huge fan of the show, will appear alongside Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. But his singing career isn’t over yet: He has told producers he is keen to perform a couple of his big hits.