POINTS EAST: Marc Jacobs touched down in Tokyo on Monday to prepare for Louis Vuitton’s first runway outing outside of Paris. The reprisal of his hit fall-winter show on Wednesday, for some 500 members of the Japanese and Asian press and VIPs, will be followed by a disco-themed party for 1,000, complete with roller-skating waitresses, impromptu dance classes, a DJ set by Nigo and a live performance by diva Grace Jones. Vuitton has erected a tent in Yumenoshima Park for the event and flew in 28 of the same models that stormed the Paris catwalk. And Jacobs won’t go home empty-handed. Tonight he’s slated to pick up an award from the Fashion Editors Club in Japan.

DUFFY DEPARTURE: Ten months after joining Christian Dior as vice president of public relations, Karen Duffy is leaving the luxury brand. On Monday, Dior staffers were informed that Duffy is departing, effective June 23. It had been rumored that Duffy was forced out, but a spokeswoman for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton denied this. “She has decided to resign to pursue other interests,” the spokeswoman said.

TEMPERATURE RISING: “It’s so hot, so hot,” exclaimed Celine Dion to jeweler Chris Aire after his runway show on the rooftop of Pure at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Sunday night — where it was a cool 103 degrees. Aire, who calls himself The Iceman, showed nearly 20 looks, including a red gold and diamond halter top, diamond-studded stilettos and over-the-top medallions on the likes of models and Aire’s celebrity friends such as Regina King and Tyson Beckford. Also in attendance were Shaggy, who performed; “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson, and Vivica A. Fox. “Will Smith and Jada Pinkett introduced me to Chris a long time ago,” said Fox, who was drenched in diamonds herself. “His diamonds are just so clear.”

FLIGHTS OF FANCY: Lanvin is taking flight today, so to speak. The French fashion house will host a private runway showing at Paris’ Crillon hotel as part of an International Air Transport Association annual meeting. Conference host Air France, whose employees are decked out in Christian Lacroix, asked Lanvin to participate as part of a schedule to highlight French culture and savoir-faire. A spokeswoman said Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz would present looks from both summer and fall collections. Guest were expected to include chief executives from the world’s biggest airlines, including United Airlines, Delta and British Airways.

This story first appeared in the June 6, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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