WEST FRONTIER: As if The Roc’s chief executive officer, Damon Dash, isn’t busy enough with movies, music and his fashion companies, he said he is launching a clothing line for Roc-A-Fella Records artist Kanye West. “We are working on it now,” Dash said from the set of his film, “State Property II.” “It will be men’s to start with and we will take it from there.” West’s debut album, “The College Dropout,” has been sitting on top of Billboard’s Top 20 R&B/Hip-Hop chart since its launch seven weeks ago.
PHOEBE’S N.Y. DEBUT: No designer worth his or her salt seems to be working these days without a film in the works. The latest is Chloé’s Phoebe Philo, who will host her first big New York soiree on Wednesday at Bergdorf Goodman with a four-minute video feature playing on monitors around the store. The clip, directed by her friend Blue Farrier, shows Philo at work on the Chloé collection, as well as tromping with the dogs, riding a horse and climbing a tree on her farm outside London. Philo-philes such as Sally Albermarle, Angela Lindvall, Jessica Craig Martin, Connie Nielsen, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Amy Sacco, Jacqueline Sackler and Yvonne Force-Villareal are expected to turn out for the debut, which will be followed by a two-day trunk show.
OFF THE WALL: Roman ruins, young artists and an open-air gallery. No, it’s not some quirky tour, but rather Diesel’s latest creative initiative to promote emerging talent. As part of its Diesel Wall project, the Italian denim company has erected a 3,875-square-foot wall next to Milan’s only Roman remnants, The Columns of San Lorenzo, and has put out a worldwide mandate to cover it. Diesel Wall’s five-person jury, which includes the brand’s creative director, Wilbert Das, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator of Paris’ Musée d’Art Moderne, will select three winners from the hundreds of submissions. Those winners will each have their pieces displayed on the wall for three months. Who says a gallery needs four walls?