WHO’S AFRAID OF BABY JANE?: Remember Baby Jane Holzer, the Andy Warhol acolyte and former Factory member? Her 15 minutes of fame are long over, but she’s still involved with the art world, and Warhol, her commerce-minded mentor would be proud. Holzer, whose blond bouffant was all the rage in the early Sixties, is putting together a public art collection for the Shops on Lake Avenue, a new open-air mall scheduled to open in Pasadena in November. Providence, R.I.-based Starwood Wasserman is building the 40,000-square-foot shopping center around an existing Macy’s unit that’s on the National Register of Historic Places. Specialty stores will include Talbots, Anthropologie and Orbis, said David Wasserman, principal.
AZZEDINE AL-EYE-A: Having just expanded his footwear collection with the aid of parent Prada Group, Azzedine Alaia is on to his next project: eyewear. The designer said Monday he expects to announce a licensee for the already-designed collection. Alaia wouldn’t say who his partner is, but suggested it might not be Prada-aligned eyewear maker De Rigo. As reported, Prada and De Rigo recently formed Eid Italia Srl, the Italian version of the Swiss-based Eid SA, to produce and distribute eyewear for Prada, Miu Miu, Jil Sander and Helmut Lang.
ANTWERP ANTICS: It doesn’t open officially until Sept. 21, but Antwerp’s hotly anticipated new fashion museum has already hosted its first exhibition. Lasting a mere four hours last Saturday, it featured installations from homegrown designers Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, AF Vandevorst, Martin Margiela and Veronique Branquinho, among others. “It’s a small sneak preview,” said Linda Loppa, director of Mode Museum. Designed by Belgian architect Jose Van Hee, the seven-story museum will also house Antwerp’s fashion academy. Meanwhile, Antwerp exploded with fashion-related activities over the weekend, including a marathon runway show of student designers and a bash hosted by AF Vandevorst.
CANDIE’S FACES, PART II: Vanessa Carlton’s first hit “A Thousand Miles” still tops the charts, so it’s no wonder Candie’s tracked her down to be the second celebrity featured in its fall ad campaign. “My look is sort of thrown together, but every piece is there for a reason,” Carlton said, as she was preparing for the shoot. “I love a sexy-hippie sort of look.” So, that’s what Candie’s gave her. One of the looks Carlton wore was a pair of cropped black pants paired with a hippie-inspired brown top and matching suede boots.
ROSENTHAL RETIRING: Enid Rosenthal, the cheerful Miami socialite and a fixture for over 30 years at the Bal Harbour Shops luxury shopping center, will retire June 28. Rosenthal arrived on the scene in 1970 as public relations and fashion office manager for Neiman Marcus, as the store was breaking ground, becoming Neiman’s first branch outside Dallas. Fifteen years later, she became the center’s director of marketing.
She’s being succeeded by Cheryl Stephenson, formerly with Turnberry Isles Resorts & Club in Aventura, Fla.
“I’ve spent more time here than I have with my husband,” Rosenthal said. “I’m about to rectify that.”
LOVE-ALL: Sources say Working Title, the film company that made “About a Boy,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Notting Hill,” is cooking up yet another romantic comedy — about the Wimbledon tennis tournament. The film, provisionally entitled (surprise!) “Wimbledon,” centers on two tennis players: an aging Briton who becomes a champion (not that that has happened in almost 20 years) and a gorgeous young woman who’s also competing in the tournament. British heartthrob Paul Bettany, who starred in “A Beautiful Mind,” and Kirsten Dunst are tipped to be the leads.
MONTENAPOLEONE MADNESS: Even for a seasoned shopper, navigating the parked cars and scores of people on Milan’s very narrow Via Montenapoleone can be a test of stamina. Starting later this summer, however, traffic should begin to ease up. The city has passed new regulations that prohibit private vehicles and parked cars on the tony street. Only police, public buses, taxis and livery services will be allowed. The guidelines also call for stricter monitoring of deliveries to merchants on the street. Claudia Buccellati, president of the Montenapoleone Association, said that in addition to improved traffic flow, the city has also promised to increase its police presence. Now there’s no excuse not to shop.