MOSS AND MCCARTNEY, TOGETHER AGAIN: Kate Moss will star in Stella McCartney‘s spring 2006 campaign. Over the weekend, McCartney was in St. Bart’s for the shoot, on the beach, with Moss. Although H&M dropped Moss from its McCartney campaign in September due to the model’s highly publicized drug problem, the two women have remained close.
Meanwhile, in other McCartney news, there’s always someone in the neighborhood who goes wacko with colored Christmas lights, and in London, that’s Stella. On Monday evening, the designer lit up her London flagship with a colored jumble of Christmas lights — in the window and all the way up the facade of the Georgian town house on Bruton Street. The guest list was heavy on music-industry folks and included Madonna, Chrissy Hynde, Sharleen Spiteri, Dhani Harrison, Sam Taylor-Wood, Liberty Ross and Solange Azagury-Partridge. Lou and Andy, the grungy, low-rent characters from the BBC comedy series “Little Britain,” were invited to flip the switch. “I don’t like Stella, I like Primark [a discount chain],” Andy announced after the lights went on.
“What better people to do the job? Of course I had to invite the guys from ‘Little Britain,'” said McCartney.
THE BLONDE AND THE BRUNETTE: Miuccia Prada‘s constant desire to explore women’s beauty from different angles has a new focus for spring. For Miu Miu’s advertising campaign, the Italian designer has contrasted the pale beauty of Kim Basinger with the Latino looks of up-and-coming actress Camilla Belle. A spokeswoman confirmed the two women were shot on location in Paris by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
PICTURE PERFECT: Just two months after Tommy Hilfiger opened its sprawling 16,145-square-foot retail-cum-corporate complex in Milan, the fashion house is making good on its promise to host cultural events in the space. “Beyond the Portrait, Young American Photography,” an exhibition of work by shutterbugs Alec Soth, Tanyth Berkeley, Jona Frank and Alix Smith, opens today and runs through Dec. 30. It’s the inaugural event for Hilfiger’s new exhibition space, called TH Inside, which is dedicated to the work of young American artists. There are 28 portraits in the exhibit and the subjects include a soldier, a chess player, a cheerleader and a few albino women. “I’m really proud of this initiative, which brings young, emerging American talents to the Milan art world,” Tommy Hilfiger said in a statement.
IT’S HIS PARTY, HE’LL SHOW IF HE WANTS TO: The Cinema Society just keeps chugging along. After holding star-studded screenings of “Proof” and “The Family Stone,” it’s teaming with Hogan for a screening of Woody Allen‘s “Match Point” on Dec. 14, hosted by the film’s star, Scarlett Johansson, and co-stars, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Emily Mortimer and Matthew Goode. The director is even said to be coming, but don’t necessarily hold your breath: The premiere of Allen’s last film, “Melinda and Melinda,” was scheduled and rescheduled because the director was unavailable to make an appearance the first time around. When a date was finally agreed upon, he still skipped the screening, though he did show up at the party at Pastis about an hour after everyone else.
STAIRWELL SOIREE: Miami’s SkyBar at the Shore Club Hotel will have artists and celebrities rubbing shoulders on Dec. 1 for the debut of celebrity photographer Mark Seliger‘s latest project. DKNY Jeans will be sponsoring the launch party for “In My Stairwell,” a book featuring 83 celebrity portraits, all of which were — naturally — taken in the stairwell of Seliger’s Charles Street studio. Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Philip Seymour Hoffman are a few of the subjects who fill the pages. The event coincides with the first night of Art Basel Miami Beach, which runs Dec. 1-4 and features the work of more than 2,000 artists along with selections from 195 galleries from around the world.
BOATENG’S MOMENT: Savile Row tailor Ozwald Boateng marked the 20th anniversary of his brand last week with a retrospective runway show at London’s Victoria & Albert museum. The show, held at four different times during the day, was part of the V&A’s “Fashion in Motion” program, which has previously featured collections by Gianfranco Ferré and Vivienne Westwood. “It felt so good,” said Boateng during the cocktail party after the final show. “When a designer sends out a collection, he’s usually worried about what the reaction will be, but this time I knew it was my best work.”
Boateng, who is also the men’s wear designer for Givenchy, said he still plans to move into women’s wear, but declined to provide any details. “It’ll be a surprise,” he said.
Guests at the after-show party in the museum’s sculpture gallery included Matthew Mellon, Sam Branson, Nellee Hooper, Simon Mills and Boateng’s wife, Gyunel.