NUALA’S LATEST TWIST: Nuala will soon have a new look now that quirky L.A. stylist and designer Magda Berliner has been tapped to oversee design for the collaborative line produced by Christy Turlington Burns and Puma. Berliner takes over the reigns from Tina Lutz, who stepped down last spring when she was expecting her first child. Berliner is known for her whimsical and offbeat creations, such as dresses pieced together from vintage ribbon and lace and deerskin jackets and vests. Burns was introduced to Berliner’s designs during a Vogue Japan shoot a few years ago, got her contact info and gave her a call after Lutz stepped down. “We met and hit it off right away,” Burns said. “Although her designs are somewhat edgier than what the Nuala vision has been, Magda’s inventive mix of textures and natural fabrics, together with the versatility and signature femininity in her designs, makes her the perfect person to reinterpret Nuala.” The five-year-old Nuala has evolved from a yoga-inspired collection to a lifestyle label with items such as cashmere sweaters, tweed pants and a larger selection of accessories.
GOLDEN EGGS: Not everyone was fretting over the call Tuesday to halt the export of caviar from Caspian and Black Seas nations in an attempt by the secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to protect wild sturgeon. A ban would be a likely windfall for Pierre Bergé. The Yves Saint Laurent dean has invested heavily over the last few years in a caviar-producing sturgeon farm in France’s Gironde region, and recently he signed an agreement with Caviar House of Switzerland to distribute his briny delicacies. Bergé said it was too early to anticipate how the situation would play out regarding the secretariat’s call, but he admitted a long ban would mean his alternative operation would be sitting pretty.