CAVALLI’S BIG SHOW: Just driving through the winding streets of Florence is enough to give anyone a headache, but a man like Roberto Cavalli wasn’t easily deterred by logistical challenges when he decided to stage an elaborate fashion show for his spring 2007 men’s collection Wednesday night on the historic Ponte Vecchio. Special guest Naomi Campbell walked the bridge in a smoking to honor front-row seated Bianca Jagger, while fireworks lit the sky post-show. There were also plenty of fireworks earlier in the day at a press conference during the men’s trade event Pitti Immagine. There, Cavalli traded barbs with journalists eager to know about a potential sale of the company. Cavalli reiterated that he’s received many offers — all unsatisfactory so far — and that he’s interested in more than just cash. “Banks have offered me money, but I don’t care about that … I want someone who can deal with the management so I can focus on creativity.”

GAINFULLY EMPLOYED: First Daughter Barbara Bush has reportedly accepted an entry-level job at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. The dark-haired twin is expected to start as an educational assistant at the Upper East Side museum in the next couple of weeks. Staffers at the Cooper-Hewitt declined comment.

This will be the first full-time job for the 24-year-old, who graduated from Yale University.

The Cooper-Hewitt’s hiring team is said to have reviewed 70 applications for the opening and, believe it or not, sources claimed the young Bush wasn’t given any special treatment — even if her mother, Laura, is the honorary patron of the Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Awards and welcomed previous winners to the White House for a private luncheon.

This story first appeared in the June 22, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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