ROCK AND FASHION: Could Madonna’s upcoming “Re-Invention” tour be turning into a French affair? Word has it the Material Girl has approached Paris designer Christian Lacroix to whip up some costumes to match a “Dangerous Liaisons” theme. The singer also has spoken to Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, as reported. A spokeswoman for Madonna could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, Giorgio Armani will dress Duran Duran for their world tour, which starts in September, sources say, and the crooners are also set to show their glam faces at the designer’s men’s wear show on July 1. The Italian designer and the band met backstage at the Royal Albert Hall during the Fashion Rocks event last fall, when the five were dressed, incidentally, in Donna Karan. An Armani spokesman declined comment.
MAKING HAY: The fifth annual “Where Fashion Meets Art” exhibition up and down Madison Avenue last Thursday night had party goers treating the participating boutiques — Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Akris and Givenchy — like galleries, popping in for cocktails and to peruse the art. At Calvin Klein, artist Anthony Goicolea built a massive wooden crate with a video installation and covered the floor of the store with bales of hay — not a usual sight on minimalist concrete.
“I’m interested in exploring the idea of chaos in relation to nature and very strict cultural institutions,” Goicolea said. “What I like about this is the idea of showing my work to a whole new audience. It changes the context when the viewer sees it outside of a white-walled gallery space.”
Calvin Klein women’s designer Francisco Costa, who was introduced to Goicolea by hat designer Philip Treacy, said he didn’t mind the hay one bit, noting the equestrian inspiration of his fall collection. “I’m really a country boy at heart,” he said.
Kim Cattrall, who’d signed on to cochair the after party at the Whitney with Adam Weinberg, the museum’s director, cancelled at the 11th hour because she got a movie role and had to fly out. But the festivities continued without her, and the auction raised approximately $40,000 to benefit the Whitney Museum’s Family Programs.
HONOR ROLL: Yohji Yamamoto will be honored with the Purple Ribbon Medal of Honor in Tokyo in a ceremony on May 17. Yamamoto, who, besides his signature line, also does the Y-3 range for Germany’s Adidas, is being recognized for his contribution to artistic excellence in his native Japan.