GLOBETROTTER: What made Christian Dior tick? Visitors to Granville, France, this weekend will find out when the fashion house unveils the latest exhibition at its museum there. “Christian Dior and the World” traces the myriad inspirations behind the couturier’s design and business strategies, as well as influential encounters experienced on travels to far-flung places. Works by Dior’s successors, such as Yves Saint Laurent and current designer John Galliano, are also on view.

CAPTAIN’S LOG: Stefano Pilati has caught the cruise craze as well. Word has it he’s whipped up his first cruise collection for Yves Saint Laurent and will present it to buyers and press in Paris early next month.

OLSEN TWINS AT CLAIRE’S: Just in time for the back-to-school shopping season, tween girls will be able to stock up on handbags, belts, watches, necklaces, sunglasses and other accessories from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s Mary-kateandashley label at Claire’s in July. The distribution deal is an extension of the cosmetics partnership announced in February between the twins’ entertainment and lifestyle company, Dualstar Entertainment Group based in Culver City, Calif., and the Pembroke Pines, Fla., jewelry and accessories specialty retailer. Designed exclusively for Claire’s, the accessories will retail from $2.50 for pens and $6.50 for earrings to $10.50 for sunglasses and $24.50 for handbags. A Dualstar spokeswoman said that while CVS is testing Mary-kateandashley brand hair accessories, jewelry and accessories are available only at Claire’s at this time.

THE HIGHBROW MUST-HAVE: Reed Krakoff will let his penchant for contemporary art shine on Tuesday evening, when he and his wife, Delphine Krakoff, are the 75th anniversary chairs of the Whitney American Art Award, held at One Beacon Court. Krakoff, Coach’s president and executive creative director, has collaborated with three female artists on what is arguably a woman’s favorite accessory — handbags. The artists’ works inspired the one-of-a-kind bags, which of course have a Coach sensibility. Laurie Simmons‘ bag, inspired by her 1989 work Walking Purse, is a black alligator satchel topped with hardware in the form of Simmons’ signature gold legs. One of Marilyn Minter‘s two bags by Krakoff is a blue python clutch, hand slashed by the artist, after her work, S— Kicker. Krakoff and Kiki Smith designed a clutch using Smith’s well-known star and flower pattern embossed onto parchment leather. Each bag incorporates inventive lining and is signed by the artist. The bags will be auctioned off that night to benefit the Whitney.

This story first appeared in the May 12, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.