DUCK FEAT: Karl Lagerfeld’s new designs for H&M won’t hit stores until November, but he’s already selling stacks of T-shirts elsewhere — at Disneyland Paris, of all places. To help the theme park celebrate Donald Duck’s 75th birthday, Lagerfeld whipped up one of his famous illustrations depicting the character à la Lagerfeld, complete with high collar, ponytail and dark glasses perched on the beak. A limited-edition series of 3,000 shirts have practically sold out at 50 euros, or $60, a pop — and Disney plans to run another batch soon for the fashion flock.
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OUT OF THE SHADOWS: As the summer sky faded to black Tuesday night on the SoHo Grand’s rooftop, Jennifer Nicholson readied for her New York close-up by hosting a dinner for 50 with Alexandre Herchcovitch. Before Sean Penn, David Blaine, Patricia Field, Fern Mallis, Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani and others arrived at the new Bill Sofield-designed penthouse, Nicholson said fashion, unlike acting, allows her to stand on her own without being in the shadow of her father, Jack.
“When I was trying to be an actor, I was judged and compared to him. Now people see I’m doing my own thing that is completely different from what my father has done with his life,” she said.
But she still welcomes his advice. After seeing what Nicholson described as “a
horrible video” of one of her shows, her Academy Award-winning father told her,
“You are my daughter. You can’t have a bad video. Jennifer, rule number one, ‘Never have a video that speeds anything up. You want to slow it down.’”
The designer said she plans to take her father up on his offer to edit her videos. In the meantime, Nicholson tapped Amanda de Cadenet to shoot Sophie Dahl in her company’s first advertising campaign. At Tuesday’s bash, she turned the tables on Patrick McMullen, taking his digital camera to snap his photo. “Do you like it?” she asked.
Maybe material for “Introductions,” one of the books McMullen has in the works, along with “Kiss.”
FASHION SHORT: After filming during the ready-to-wear collections in Paris last fall, Francesco Carrozzini, Franca Sozzani’s auteur-in-the-making son, and Emanuele Della Valle will present their short film, “Traffic Jam,” at a screening party in Milan tonight. Della Valle’s new production company, Lightbulb Pictures, produced the docudrama, which romantically tracks a day-in-the-life of an anonymous fashion editor. “I probably went to my first fashion show when I was three years old,” Carrozzini said. “I realized that I would be watching the models and the clothes and then my brain would start thinking about homework or something else. The film doesn’t only recount fashion but also life.” Alex Wek, Margherita Maccapani Missoni and Karl Lagerfeld make cameo appearances in the nine-minute short. Della Valle’s marketing venture, FormaPura, meanwhile, is working to distribute the film to fashion channels and specialty retailers worldwide.
THE DEMOCRATIC ART: Full, fabulous, and funky describes Tuesday night’s auction of art by emerging artists to benefit Downtown for Democracy. The political-action committee, formed last year by a group of artists and writers to raise money to help vote President Bush out of office, has shown that its literary, art and design events pull in names to make any bohemian worth his or her copy of “The Rise of the Creative Class” drool. Tuesday was no exception: Matthew Barney and Cecily Brown helped pick the art for the show, and guests at Passerby — every antislickster’s favorite Meatpacking watering hole — included Chuck Close, Hope Atherton, David Schwimmer, Martha Plimpton and even Anne Bass. Nobody seemed to have much of an opinion about Monday’s handover of power in Iraq, but they did like Dan Colen’s bucolic painting of a young man masturbating by a stream, which fetched the evening’s high price of $6,000.
HAMPTONS MAG SCOOP: Magazine publisher Jason Binn wants everyone to be able to enjoy a little bit of the Hamptons — magazine, that is. To promote the glossy, Binn has partnered with licensing firm Imagemark Inc. to create a branded line of accessories and apparel, Hamptons Beach Collection. The selection doesn’t reach much beyond basic promotional fare — the block-lettered brand name is embroidered on totes, polo shirts, beach chairs and baseball caps — but, thankfully, the prices are more Midtown than Watermill. Flip-flops cost $25 and large totes go for $60.
The whole lot goes on sale today at hamptonsbeachcollection.com, and will be available in select Hamptons stores through July 11.