CLOTHING KATE: Those rumors about Kate Moss launching her own clothing collection when she hangs up her modeling hat just won’t die. But don’t hold your breath — and hang onto your JLo duds — because it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon. “It’s one of the options she’s considering in the long term, after she’s finished modeling,” said a spokesman for Moss, who added that no deal had been agreed on, and that any possible line wouldn’t be along for another “three or four years.” True, Moss would be more qualified for the role than most celebrities who have turned their hand at the craft. The model has set a plethora of fashion trends with her ever-evolving style. However, as a confirmed fan of vintage clothing, her signature distressed feel might be a little difficult to replicate in a brand-new line.
MISSONI MOMENT: Now it’s the Missoni clan’s turn on the tube — and, not surprisingly, it’s a sit-down chat with Oprah Winfrey, who’s interviewing more designers these days than André Leon Talley. In the show being aired today, she chats with Rosita, Angela and Margherita Missoni about how the signature Missoni pattern was created, the family’s love for color and Margherita’s role as muse for the fashion house. The Missoni men get their share in the spotlight, too. While they weren’t present in the studio when the show was taped last month, Winfrey will present a special video taped at the Missonis’ family home near Milan featuring Ottavio, Vittorio and Luca Missoni.
TABLE-HOPPING: Miuccia Prada just can’t seem to get enough of the historic Paris restaurant Laperouse. After staging her Miu Miu show and after party there in March during Paris Fashion Week, there comes word that Miu Miu will return to Laperouse this weekend, where photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin will shoot its fall-winter advertising campaign.
SOMETHING NEW: Cocktail dresses might come to mind first when one mentions Lanvin. But its designer, Alber Elbaz, is also much in demand when it comes time to stroll down the aisle. To wit: WWD has learned that art dealer Amalia Dayan has selected Lanvin to design a dress for her June nuptials to Adam Lindemann.
IT’S MILLER TIME: Nicole Miller is a busy lady these days. The designer will be honored by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago at its 19th annual Head to Toe Gala Saturday at the Windy City’s Ritz-Carlton for her decades-long contributions to fashion design. Word is her friend William Ivey Long, the event’s co-chair, was really gunning for her to be this year’s honoree. Back in New York on May 10, Miller will take home one of the A.C.E. awards at the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless’ annual dinner.
On Wednesday afternoon, Miller was among the judges selecting a spokesmodel for the Hawaiian Tropic Zone, a Times Square restaurant, lounge and club that will open in September. She, along with hair stylist Joel Warren, chef David Burke, Hawaiian Tropic founder Ron Rice, nightclub owner Adam Hock and Trump Model Management’s John Toutola will decide which woman will win a $25,000 contract and be the face and voice of Hawaiian Tropic Zone. Miller designed bikini tops and sarongs for Hawaiian Tropic Zone “table concierges” — the babes who take your orders but don’t serve the food.
DRUMROLL, PLEASE: Thom Browne, Maria Cornejo and Peter Som are this year’s finalists for the fashion design award to be presented by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum at its National Design Awards on Oct. 18. Eighteen people will be vying for the various prizes at the Target-backed event. Once again, First Lady Laura Bush is the honorary patron. The museum’s director, Paul Warwick Thompson, said this year’s contenders “have consistently challenged the possibilities of design and have demonstrated innovation through their various fields.”