BYE-BYE TO KENI’S CLOSET: Due to the end of his lease and the doubling of his rent, Keni Valenti is moving out of his Garment District showroom, Keni Valenti Retro-Couture. Valenti has long been a source of high-end and hard-to-find vintage clothes for stylists and editors of every stripe, including Lori Goldstein, Katie Grand and Patti Wilson. He will be finding another space in the neighborhood, but has yet to sign a new lease.
In the meantime, vintage hounds will be keen to know Valenti is offering half the stock of his overflowing digs up for sale to the public. The sale runs June 14-20 and will be held in a studio on the eighth floor of his soon-to-be former building at 247 West 30th Street. Along with his huge cache of Halston will be frocks from Azzedine Alaïa, Gucci, Rudi Gernreich, Giorgio Sant’Angelo, Chanel, Christian Dior and even Elsa Schiaparelli. “I’m overflowing with merchandise,” said Valenti. “I have 20,000 articles of clothing. And tens of thousands of accessories.” And for the celebrity and supermodel-obsessed, Valenti also points out that many of the dresses have previously been worn by the likes of Kate Moss, Gisele Bündchen, Chloë Sevigny and Jennifer Lopez.
AN ITEM NOT ABOUT MADONNA: Just kidding. Madonna’s “Re-Invention” tour opens in Los Angeles today and there’s so much fashion in it that even more details keep pouring forth. The latest entrée into the fray is Banana Republic, which has contributed 50 T-shirts custom-made to Madonna’s specifications — reprising the “Italians Do It Better” silk-screened logo last seen on the Material Girl in the 1986 video for “Papa Don’t Preach.” When she sings “Papa” on tour, Madonna is said to be throwing the Banana renditions to a lucky audience member at each performance.
STARSTRUCK: Celebrities are notorious for making the most of freebies, but not so for Trudie Styler and Calista Flockhart. They recently ponied up the cash for Pamella Roland dresses. Styler ordered a body-hugging, cleavage-enhancing white jersey dress through a personal shopper and Flockhart tapped her stylist for the designer’s “Hepburn” dress in black silk taffeta. The company received Styler’s check last week, said Pamella DeVos, president and designer. “It’s really nice when they will actually pay,” she said.