GOING DUTCH: Look who’s back on the couture calendar: Viktor & Rolf. But this time, it’s not for otherworldly clothes. The Dutch design wizards are zeroing in on a date during couture week in Paris, July 6 to 9, to unveil their first fragrance with beauty licensee L’Oréal. It is believed the advertising campaign has already been shot, but other details are under wraps. Meanwhile, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have a more imminent project. This month, they are traveling to Japan to inaugurate an exhibition they curated for the Kyoto Costume Institute. Devoted to color and fashion, it showcases clothes from the institute’s permanent collection — along with select Viktor & Rolf looks from other museums. After a two-month run in Kyoto, the show is slated to move to the new Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.
MEMBERS OF THE BORED: By this point, most retailers and fashion editors are ready to forgo any further dissection of fall runway trends, but Bergdorf Goodman’s Robert Burke, Neiman Marcus’ Sandra Wilson, Linda Dresner and Cathy Horyn and Allure’s Kristin Perrotta proved heartier than most Wednesday afternoon at a panel discussion, moderated by Isaac Mizrahi. It was organized by Marylou Luther and The Fashion Group Foundation and billed as “New York, London, Milan & Paris Collections 2004/05.”
Regarding the flamboyance at Alexander McQueen and John Galliano for Christian Dior, Mizrahi said, “Is there a club scene I’m missing? Because I don’t see that kind of hair and makeup anywhere.”
Burke recalled more mundane moments. After seeing scads of capelets, furs, brooches and skirts, Burke said, “There was a certain point in Paris where I didn’t remember what I did see, what I didn’t see and where it was from.”
When Wilson mentioned another trend, the round-toe pump, Mizrahi chimed in, “Mine are at Target, by the way, for $29.”
The Target-happy designer was chirpier about his competition. While Horyn was giving Christopher Bailey and Hedi Slimane two thumbs-up for how they do the mix, Mizrahi asked, “Who’s that?” referring to Bailey of Burberry. “How would I know that?”
Later, when Horyn likened Bergdorf’s having 14 women select outfits for its fashion week window displays to reality TV, Mizrahi said, “That’s a good idea. Do you want to pitch it with me?”
ROCKIN’ WITH TOMMY: Tommy Hilfiger said he felt like a rock star in California as he neared the end of his nine-city, cross-country H Hilfiger promotion. His celeb posse sure looked like it. Nicky Hilton, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child and Samantha’s boyfriend Jason Lewis from “Sex and the City” piled into a Macy’s West store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and later moved north to a party in Hollywood where they were joined by Jessica Simpson, Dennis Rodman and Jerry Seinfeld. “In San Francisco, there were thousands of fans in Union Square and music blasting in the middle of the day,” he said. The aura apparently stayed with him. Taking a turn on the catwalk at SCP, Hilfiger tore off three pairs of sunglasses.