STANDING TALL: The veil lifted from Robert Graham’s sculpture “Torso” in Beverly Hills Wednesday night, eliciting such adjectives as “shocking, controversial and gorgeous,” from Fred Hayman to “erotic and perfect,” from Kelly Lynch. “It couldn’t be more inspirational to every girl who walks by,” Lynch added. The 14-foot-tall sculpture, a powerful woman’s body carved from solid aluminum blocks and mounted on a bronze pedestal, stands as the centerpiece of Rodeo Drive’s Walk of Style at the corner of Rodeo and Dayton Way. It marks the intersection where the first annual awards ceremony is set to honor Giorgio Armani on Sept. 9 and rings in a new era for the Golden Triangle. Some $18 million in enhancements, including upgraded landscapes and pedestrian walkways, are slated to begin this fall.
BEING BORING: The Pet Shop Boys, front row at the last Dior Homme show in Paris, have turned up, improbably, in another fashionable place: a Comme des Garçons ad. No, they don’t model any clothes, but rather lend some of their famous lyrics to the high-concept ads for Comme des Garçons Shirt, which are juxtaposed with insects and other creatures inhabiting close-up images of old Dutch Master paintings. Created by Studio, Ronnie Cooke Newhouse’s agency in London, the ads break soon in a range of magazines, including Vanity Fair, Nest, Purple and Vogue Hommes International.
FACING ELLEN: Stephanie Seymour is the new face of Ellen Tracy. Seymour, who had appeared in an Ellen Tracy campaign with Cindy Crawford in fall 2001, will have the camera all to herself this time. Steven Klein shot Seymour in New York, and the ads will break in consumer magazines in September. Crawford has been the face of Ellen Tracy since spring 1999. A spokeswoman for the brand said, “It was time to make a change, and it seemed logical.”
ROTHSCHILD RICHES NICKED: English police are still hunting for five men who broke into one of England’s finest stately homes this week, stealing a stash of French, 18th century gold boxes. Five masked thieves broke into Waddesdon Manor at 2 a.m. Tuesday, snatching 140 boxes from the estate that was built by the Rothschild family, and is today managed by Lord Jacob Rothschild. A spokeswoman for Waddesdon, which is located outside London in Buckinghamshire, declined to put a value on the boxes, but sources said they were worth several million dollars.