SHOW STARTERS: Seventh on Sixth isn’t expected to announce its official schedule for Olympus Fashion Week until next week, but early indications show the organization has added a trio of the most buzzed-about brands into the Bryant Park fold. Sources said on Thursday that, in February, for the first time, Proenza Schouler, Zac Posen and Behnaz Sarafpour are all planning to show in the tents.
GETTING THE MESSAGE: Calvin Klein Inc. introduced Francisco Costa to its best customers on Wednesday night with the designer’s first big in-store appearance at the Madison Avenue flagship. Despite the cold winds in New York, Costa got a warm reception from some surprising Calvin converts. Kelly Bensimon turned up in tight vintage Calvin Klein jeans, and Eliza Bolen arrived to greet her former colleague from Costa’s days at Oscar de la Renta. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Mandy Moore turned out for the premiere of “Chasing Liberty” in a custom Calvin Klein dress, pink satin designed by Costa, who outfitted the actress with a week’s worth of clothes for her media tour promoting the film, including appearances on “TRL,” “Regis & Kelly” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.”
Tom Murry, president of CKI, said all the attention is paying off. Sales in the store for December were up 25 percent against the previous year, and that’s with 10 percent less inventory.
SCREEN TEST: Tom Ford may or may not take up moviemaking when he exits Gucci Group this spring, but one of the group’s handpicked design stars, Alexander McQueen, already has — albeit in a small way. On Sunday, when McQueen unveils his new men’s wear collection in Milan, his still life presentation will be accompanied by a short film he directed. Projected as a triptych, it stars McQueen’s friend and muse, Annabelle Neilson, and a male model, costumed, of course, in McQueen.
CLEAN SWEEP: The axed employees of LF Brands got word Thursday that they’ll be allowed to pick up their personal belongings at their former offices at 1412 Broadway in New York, beginning at 10 this morning. Those who worked on the second floor will be allowed to go up between 10 and 11 a.m.; third-floor workers can enter between 11 a.m. and noon, and those who worked on the fourth floor can go from noon to 1 p.m.
“We’re still waiting to hear if they’ll fund payroll due on Dec. 24,” said a former employee, who requested anonymity. “We still don’t know if they have COBRA for January.”
RUN, DRIBBLE, SCORE, WEAR: Neil Barrett has reinforced his collaboration with athletic company Puma by designing a full-range wardrobe for the Italian national soccer team that players can wear on and off the field. The four-year project, co-signed by Puma and Barrett, will end with the next World Cup tournament, to be held in 2006.
The national team will don its new attire in February, when Italy plays Portugal in the preliminary round of the European championship. The British designer’s rendering, which runs from technical garb to formalwear, revolves around body-skimming silhouettes and an injection of street-like sporty elements into activewear.