TOM WEIGHS ANCHOR: Word has it that Tom Ford is entertaining some of the media elite today with a series of one-on-one meetings in an Upper East Side town house with top editors from Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle, among other titles. Ford is staging the all-day event as an intimate way to pull back the curtain for each editor and reveal with a flourish his new women’s fragrance, Black Orchid. The scent will be launched in the fall under the Tom Ford Beauty banner and is thought to be just the first step in a multiseason campaign to build a complete beauty house. Black Orchid is being described by executives as the anchor of what will become the Ford flotilla of fragrance and cosmetics initiatives.

TRANS EUROPE EXPRESS: It looks like Kenzo is zeroing in on a new chief executive officer. Word has it Alberto Lavia, the former ceo at upscale lingerie and apparel maker Gruppo La Perla, may be headed to the Paris-based fashion house, part of the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton luxury empire. Reached last week, Lavia confirmed to WWD that he quit La Perla in June, but declined further comment. Before joining La Perla, Lavia held several titles in Europe for Polo Ralph Lauren. His résumé also includes a stint as managing director of Calvin Klein Europe.

PARIS ENCORE: Miu Miu, which moved its fashion show to Paris last March, continues its love affair with the City of Light. The Helmut Lang flagship store on Rue Saint Honoré, erected by Prada in 2003 before it sold the business to Japanese firm Link Theory, will be converted to a Miu Miu unit. Window wrappers went up last week on the 2,600-square-foot unit as it undergoes renovation for a fall opening. Miu Miu also operates a 4,500-square-foot flagship on the Rue de Grenelle in Paris.

MISSONI’S MOVES: A gaggle of Missoni zigzag prints converged on East London’s Leonard Street gallery Thursday evening, to fete a series of photographs by Luca Missoni, creative director of the Italian brand. The shots depict performances of the ballet “Aeros,” in which a troupe of Romanian gymnasts leap and somersault their way through the show in Missoni-designed costumes. “It was like painting with colors in the air,” said Missoni of photographing his costume designs, and he even likened capturing the gymnasts on film to fishing: “You just put your line in and hope that you catch something!” Later in the evening, guests sipped bellinis and spilled onto the pavement outside the gallery, after watching a video installation of performances of Aeros in the gallery’s basement.

This story first appeared in the July 24, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

SUMMER LOVIN’: One wouldn’t expect actor Mario Cantone to be the typical David Yurman customer, but there he was on Wednesday night toasting summer with the rest of the Yurman gang on the windswept rooftop of the jewelry company’s Vestry Street headquarters in lower Manhattan. Zani Gugelmann, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Olivia Chantecaille and Alexis Bryan joined David and Sybil Yurman in the festivities, where waiters served Imperial vodka Saint Basil martinis and risotto balls, and DJ Coleman Feltes spun tunes.

NEW MATERIAL: Burberry’s Christopher Bailey and Alice Temperley were on hand to cast an expert eye over the work of recent textiles graduates chosen to exhibit at Texprint’s textile awards, held at London’s Chelsea College of Art last week.

“It’s good to see a lot of hand-worked designs here,” said Bailey. “These designers all have very individual points of view and are really interested in the craft of making textiles.” Bailey singled out Ella Robinson‘s fluorescent, multilayered prints for praise, alongside Saori Okabe‘s muted floral designs. All 24 graduates selected will go on to show their work at Première Vision’s Indigo in September, while the five selected for judges’ prizes, who were Robinson, Okabe, Patricia McAree, Alice Lodge and Rosie de Borman, will show at Hong Kong’s Interstoff Asia show, held in October.

SHORT CUTS: It looks like Heidi Klum is taking her “Project Runway” job to heart. For Jane magazine’s party Thursday night in Beverly Hills (Klum is on the August cover), she turned a full-length J. Mendel gown into a minidress. “I cut it,” she admitted. Klum can’t be blamed for wanting to show off her perfect pregnant shape. “I’ve been working out probably for 12 years,” she said. While Klum flaunted her form, a newly single January Jones joked about finding a date inside the Beverly Hills party, where JC Chasez, Nicky Hilton, Brandon Davis, Sarah Paulson and Topher Grace were hanging out.

QUEENS OF THE NIGHT: It looks like Bar Marmont is making a comeback to the Hollywood nightlife scene, and so is Amanda Demme. The displaced party maven was hired by Prada last week to produce the after party for its “Waist Down” opening, and Thursday night she teamed up with Amy Sacco to amp up the guest list for Sacco’s “Cocktails” book party. “It’s fabulous,” said Diane Kruger as she surveyed the scene. “L.A. needs a place more like Bungalow 8.” Among those celebrating with Imperial vodka and Beluga caviar were Kate Bosworth, Kirsten Dunst, Eva Mendes and Selma Blair.

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