PHAT VENUE: Kimora Lee Simmons is proving, yet again, that over-the-top is simply not in her vocabulary. Simmons will show her spring Baby Phat collection at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 10 at 9 p.m.
“We are making fashion history, since this is the first time Radio City will have a fashion show,” said a spokesman for Baby Phat. He said the company chose to show at this venue for several reasons. One, it holds about 3,000 people, which will solve a lot of problems at the door (last season, Vogue’s André Leon Talley was among those turned away since the space was over capacity.)
“The show grows and grows every season and this way, we will be able to accommodate everyone who comes,” he said, adding that Simmons also chose Radio City for the glamour it portrays. “Kimora was inspired by Hollywood screen legends,” he said. “She loves the glamour, sexiness and power that some of the most memorable characters portray. Expect to see a lot of jewel tones with gold, silver and a lot of beading.”
TENNIS ANYONE?: U.S. Open fever seems to be hitting New York and Maria Sharapova is at the center of it. The tennis phenom, who was ranked number one in the world on Monday, made the rounds Tuesday, starting with the “Today” show, followed by an appearance at Fortunoff’s flagship on Fifth Avenue to sign autographs and launch the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Diamonds watch, which she helped design. Sharapova is portrayed in Heuer’s “What Are You Made of?” campaign. On Monday, she bowed the Nike dress she would don for the matches and spoke to her young fans at Town Tennis Center. But with approximately 50-plus photographers perched outside of Fortunoff gunning for a picture, the 6-foot, 2-inch, 18-year-old Sharapova — dressed in white, cropped Seven For All Mankind Jeans and an embroidered Proenza Schouler camisole — simply said, “I’m used to it.”
MAKING CALVIN: Now that Vestimenta SpA sold the license of its Vestimenta and Hilton brands to Italian manufacturer Nogara, sources in Italy said that Gilmar Group is a front-runner to take over the production of Calvin Klein Collection.
Vestimenta holds a number of manufacturing deals, including a joint venture with Giorgio Armani for the production of its signature men and women’s lines, and a licensing and distribution agreement with Calvin Klein Inc. for its Black Label collection, which started in 2003.
Based in central Italy, Gilmar is the parent of the Iceberg and Gerani labels. It also makes licensed collections for Frankie Morello and Giambattista Valli. Executives at Gilmar and Vestimenta could not be reached for comment.
Calvin Klein Inc. said in a statement: “Calvin Klein Inc. has a long-term license agreement with Vestimenta SpA. The license agreement is in force and we expect Vestimenta to fully comply with its obligations, although Vestimenta has indicated a desire to transfer the license with our consent, which is under consideration.”