NICKY’S KNACKS: The Hilton sisters may have been born with money, but they’re starting to prove they don’t expect it to keep coming in without a little work. Younger sister Nicky is in her second year designing handbags under the Samantha Thavasa line, and at a personal appearance on Thursday at Bloomingdale’s in SoHo, she said she just signed to work with Scünci on a line of hair accessories and is planning to do watches and her own clothing line, as well. Proud mama Kathy, who was at the event with Nicky’s dad, Rick, and friends, Bijou Phillips and Casey Johnson, appreciates her daughter’s entrepreneurial ambition. “When I was Nicky’s age , I had just had Paris,” she said.
But seeing as the Hilton family job du jour seems to be reality shows (Paris’ “Simple Life 2,” mom Kathy’s upcoming “The Good Life” and dad Rick’s show set in a Las Vegas casino), is Nicky planning to partake? No, she insisted, “Does everybody think I’m doing a reality show? They keep asking me that.” Apparently for now, she’s sticking to pushing her bags. Never mind that she arrived at Bloomingdale’s toting a bubblegum pink messenger bag from Louis Vuitton.
TWIST AND SHOUT: Up-and-coming hip-hop artist Twista is about to start rapping for Reebok. Best known for his song, “Overnight Celebrity,” Twista will be featured in new television ads starting this Friday for Reebok’s Classic Clyp Grove line of footwear, which is sold now exclusively at Foot Locker and includes styles for men, women and children. For the ad, Twista created a freestyle rap about Reebok, and he also sports Clyp Groove footwear in his new video, “So Sexy,” which just began running on MTV. Reebok has been moving steadily into the music arena and has deals with a number of musicians, including Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Pharrell Williams.
THAT’S ALL FOLKS: Marie-Christiane Marek, who over the last decade has been synonymous with her popular Paris Modes television show on the Paris Premiere network, has been asked to leave the French cable channel. A fervent fashion supporter and friend to almost every designer here, Marek said her last show will be aired on Wednesday, a “greatest hits” of the Paris couture season. She cited a “change in direction” at Paris Premiere, which has been going through restructuring, for her departure. But Marek, who has done special one-hour segments on everybody from Tom Ford to Karl Lagerfeld, said she’s not going without a fight. She said designers here are already circulating a petition asking the network to keep her on board. But if that doesn’t work, Marek said she has an alternate plan. “I’ll start shopping the concept around to other channels,” she offered. “This time, I’d like to do it on an international scale.”