CENTRAL PARK WEST: As its Live in Central Park fashion extravaganza approaches next Wednesday, H&M has offered up a new tidbit on its rather secretive plans. After sending out its cryptic “Save the Date” invitation in February, alerting press of the event but remaining mum on the particulars, the company is now said to have found its headlining entertainment act for the show: Kanye West, the three-time Grammy-winning, rapper and 27-year-old producer. His latest effort, “The College Dropout,” has sold millions of records and landed him on Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list this week, where he keeps company with Condoleeza Rice, Karl Rove, Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey. West will be performing after H&M’s massive fashion show, which will feature 150 models — who knew there were 150 models for hire?
PARIS IN THE FALL?: Stanislas de Quercize, U.S. president and chief executive officer of Cartier, would not confirm published rumors Monday night that he’s moving to Paris to join Van Cleef & Arpels as worldwide ceo. However, he did say that “nothing will happen before September.” Both Cartier and Van Cleef are owned by Compagnie Financière Richemont SA. Back from what he called “a record trip” to the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie watch show in Geneva, de Quercize was hosting Carolina Herrera’s bridal show at the jeweler’s Fifth Avenue mansion. The models wore Cartier earrings, necklaces and, of course, engagement rings. Cartier and Herrera have built a relationship in recent months, de Quercize said, because they both frequently dress Renee Zellweger for red-carpet events.
BEENE THERE: Sotheby’s is gearing up for a September sale of hundreds of items from Geoffrey Beene’s Manhattan apartment and Long Island house.
The auction house hopes to rake in $2 million from 20th-century furniture and art owned by the designer, who died in September. Rush Jenkins will assemble the rooms at Sotheby’s with pieces from Jean Prouvé, Ferdinand Parpan, Leon Jallot, Jan and Joël Martel and Jean Lambert-Rucki, and paintings and works on paper by such Modernists as Jean Arp, Salvador Dali, Man Ray and Keith Vaughan. He is also piecing together a retrospective of Beene’s fashions.
There will also be a panel discussion about his work and a book party for “Beene by Beene.” The designer was working on the tome with Marylou Luther, James Wolcott, Laura Jacobs and Pamela Parmal up until his death.