GUYS AND DOLLS: Anna Sui is getting in touch with her masculine side. In Paris Tuesday to meet with beauty editors, Sui revealed she’s working on her first men’s fragrance. The New Yorker also is getting back into men’s wear, planning a small men’s department in her SoHo flagship, which is about to double in size. The enlarged shop, reopening next month, also will stock a selection of vintage, she added.
ESCADA’S TV MOMENT: Escada’s spring 2006 collection presentation on Monday night attracted so many TV and movie actors that one almost expected Ellen DeGeneres to jump out from backstage and hand out some Emmys just for the joy of the occasion.
The event was hosted by Escada design director Brian Rennie and “The Sopranos” star Jamie-Lynn Discala to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Rennie spent a portion of the night talking to Minnie Driver, who is currently in New York recording another album. Others who braved the torrential rain included Zoe Saldana, Michelle Trachtenberg and Annie Parisse.
“Edie [Falco] wears Escada on the show, I don’t,” quipped Discala. “Meadow is not that fashionable.”
IF IT AIN’T BROKE … : Fern Mallis had no choice but to call in reinforcements in Melbourne Wednesday when her espadrille ribbon snapped en route out of the first show of the first Mercedes Australian Fashion Week to take place under IMG’s management. These were no Christian Louboutin espadrilles, but, said Mallis, “plenty cheap” shoes that she purchased across the street from Bryant Park on Sixth Avenue toward the end of the New York shows when Mallis’ feet were killing her after having worn good shoes all week. Nor did she remain footloose in Melbourne for too long. After hobbling downstairs to a courtesy bar, her new Australian colleagues dispatched the item to a shoe repair shop at lightning speed. Mallis said she doesn’t see her espadrille drama as any kind of evil omen about the recent acquisition. And she declined to be drawn out on any future plans IMG might be mapping out for Australian Fashion Week.
“This is a very slick, professional operation,” she said. “It’s not broken.”
SISTER ACT: Jasmine Al Fayed is eyeing the Paris runway, possibly as early as next season. The 24-year-old daughter of Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed — and big sister of soon-to-be Vogue intern Camilla — also has been invited to show in the contemporary tent in New York next year. Jasmine used Harrods as a launchpad for her Jasmine Di Milo label in 2003 and she just started wholesaling, too. In fact, she picked up 28 new accounts for spring 2006 by exhibiting at Paris’s recent 19Vendome trade show and during L.A. Fashion Week. Al Fayed studied at the London College of Fashion before joining the ranks of Harrods buyers at international runway shows.