CAMILLA GETS DRESSED: Camilla Parker Bowles has picked Antonia Robinson and Anna Valentine to design her wedding outfit and Philip Treacy to make her hat for the big day, the designers have confirmed. Robinson Valentine is one of Parker Bowles’ favorite design houses and was a top candidate from the get-go. The duo, who have been in business for about 15 years and have a studio in Kensington, also designed the wedding dress for Sheherazade Goldsmith, a daughter-in-law of Camilla’s good friend, Lady Annabel Goldsmith. In the past, they’ve designed outfits for Parker Bowles, including a cream silk evening dress with an embroidered bodice; a navy velvet evening dress with satin detailing, and a midnight blue coat with beading for her formal outings with Prince Charles. A spokeswoman for Robinson Valentine declined to comment on what the wedding outfit will look like. Treacy, meanwhile, is over the moon. “I am delighted and honored,” he said. “But I have no idea yet what I’m going to make.”
In other royal news, the venue for the April 8 wedding of Prince Charles to Parker Bowles has been changed from Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel to Windsor town hall for obvious reasons — Windsor Castle is not a licensed property for weddings to take place. If it were to become one, then any Tom, Nigel or Harry could apply to get married in the private venue, and that just doesn’t sit well with the Royals.
COMING TO AMERICA: Nothing gets people going like information that they can’t have. So of course, H&M’s electric pink “Save the date” card that read only “H&M Live from Central Park,” in its rubbery orange envelope and recently sent out to the fashion press, had editors curious. A call to the company’s Stockholm headquarters garnered only a few more details. “We’re doing a fashion show in Central Park for American and European press. We do this kind of show every four or five years. The last one was in Sweden in 2001,” said company spokesperson Kristina Stenvinkel. “But we don’t want to talk too much about the event. We want to be a little bit intriguing.” The reason for the show, Stenvinkel explained, is to strengthen the brand in the United States, just in time for its expansion on the West Coast this fall.
Going by history, the Central Park gig should be an event to go down in the books. For its last presentation in May 2001, 550 journalists from 14 countries gathered in a former limestone quarry north of Stockholm, for a show with both supermodels and fireworks.
OSCAR WATCH: The beauty barrage continues in L.A. and companies are working to up the ante on how much they can gift. A customized skin care regimen (i.e., unlimited services) and products at Kate Somerville, the Melrose Place facialist to the stars (Annette Bening, Angela Bassett, Johnny Depp) and a day pass for unlimited services at New York’s Cornelia Day Resort (just opened this month) are two of the goodies in the official Oscar Basket given only to presenters and nominees. Bumble+Bumble, MAC Cosmetics and Cowshed Spa are among the Soho House sponsors offering weeklong pampering and Frédéric Fekkai and Chanel team up once again to transform his Rodeo Drive Salon into a retreat Feb. 24-26. (A retreat, that is, if you consider camera crews and publicists part of a relaxing experience). W magazine (owned by WWD’s parent Fairchild Publications) will do its version of a retreat in a private Beverly Hills residence, featuring Jennifer Aniston’s best friend and hair mentor Chris McMillan and other beauty gurus.
NOW THE J IS FOR JEWELRY: LL Cool J stands for Ladies Love Cool James (the rapper’s given first name). But ladies love jewelry too, and now the hip-hop star is getting into that game. LL is expected to announce at the NBA All Star event today that he will be designing a fine jewelry collection with New York-based jeweler A. Link and Co. Called Graffiti by A. Link, the line will include both high-end pieces and more affordable designs in silver. Prices have not yet been set. The collection will be music-inspired and will launch in July at the JCK show in Las Vegas.
PARTY AT VICTOR’S: P. Diddy is rounding up the troops for tonight’s grand opening “Ocean ReVolution” party at the Hotel Victor, South Beach’s latest addition. Esteban Cortezar, Bettina Zilkha, Amanda Hearst and Frederique van der Wahl will help him break in the 91-room retreat, designed by Paris-based decorator Jacques Garcia. Guests will have plenty to look at — penguins are being flown in from South Africa to roam around the all-ice vodka bar and motorcyclists will ride inside a large metal sphere called the “Globe of Death.”
NEWS HOUND: Notoriously press shy Martin Margiela is turning the tables. The elusive Belgian designer plans to edit a tabloid-style newspaper in lieu of a show come Paris Fashion Week, according to a spokesman for the house. The one-off edition will be distributed in various locations around Paris. But don’t expect any revealing articles. Margiela, who is notorious for declining to be photographed or to meet the press, is not expected to break rules and grant an exclusive interview.