EURO STAR: Guess which New York specialty retailer is eyeing international expansion? Scoop. “We are looking to open in London and Europe within the next year-and-a-half,” co-owner Stefani Greenfield said Wednesday. Indeed, Greenfield was reached in Mykonos, Greece, where a hotel-based unit is also a possibility for Scoop, which will end this year with 13 locations.
WINDOW WATCHERS: It’s never too early for a fashion retrospective, at least according to Didier Ludot, the Paris vintage guru in Palais Royale. Ludot said he would showcase designs by Zac Posen in October during Paris Fashion Week. “It’s fun doing a retrospective on such a young designer,” said Ludot. “It’s unconventional.”
Not that Ludot frowns on tradition. He also said he would adorn his windows with vintage Balenciaga this July to coincide with a retrospective exhibition on Balenciaga at the Louvre’s Museum of Fashion and Textiles.
LINE AND VERSE: Gloria Vanderbilt is one of the well-known types who will be reciting their favorite verse at “Poetry & the Creative Mind,” the fourth annual benefit for the Academy of American Poets. Meryl Streep, Ed Harris, Wynton Marsalis, Wendy Whelan, Mike Wallace, Oliver Sacks and William Wegman will also take to the podium at the April 4 event at Alice Tully Hall. Vanderbilt has written her share of books over the years — nine in total; the last one was released in 2004. “It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir.” More in line with next month’s event is her digital essay, “The Creative Spirit,” an Amazon Short being sold on its Web site for 49 cents.
BETSEY’S NEW ADDITION: Perennial fashion wild child Betsey Johnson has become a grandmother. Lulu Johnson gave birth early Tuesday to Layla Johnson Margulies, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Mother, daughter and grandma are said to be doing fine.
DESIGNER TAG SALE: Elle Decor’s Dining by Design fund-raiser for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is set for this weekend at The Waterfront in Manhattan. Hosted by Margaret Russell, Elle Decor’s editor in chief, and David Rockwell, chairman at DIFFA, the event will showcase more than 50 design participants who each created a table to accommodate 10 guests within an 11-foot-by-11-foot space. Notables such as Reed Krakoff for Coach, Ralph Lauren, Missoni, W Hotels, Ralph Rucci, Michal Negrin, Asprey, Calvin Klein, William Sofield for Baker and Valentino will all have tables on display. Apparel and home products from designers such as Nanette Lepore, Ralph Lauren Home, Cynthia Rowley, Peter Som and Donna Karan will be available for sale at wholesale or below wholesale prices and all proceeds will go to DIFFA. The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10. Past Dining by Design events have raised a total of $5.5 million for DIFFA. In its 10th year, the event will showcase the above participating designers for the first time.