Karan with Weiss' horse sculpture at the Wynn.

<STRONG>WYNN-ING SCULPTURES</STRONG>: <STRONG>Donna Karan</STRONG> doesn’t have a boutique at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas, but she was still involved in the project in a different way. The hotel boasts a horse and a shoe bronze sculpture by...

WYNN-ING SCULPTURES: Donna Karan doesn’t have a boutique at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas, but she was still involved in the project in a different way. The hotel boasts a horse and a shoe bronze sculpture by Stephan Weiss, her late husband. The hotel’s owner, Steve Wynn, first saw the horse at the opening of the Hampton Classic in South Hampton, N.Y., two years ago. He was impressed with the sculpture, and bought it for his hotel last February. When Karan sent him the prototype of a shoe sculpture, he snapped that up, too. The horse now greets guests at the hotel’s main entrance, while the shoe is situated at its VIP entrance.

Karan, who went to the opening last week, was impressed by the resort. “It blew me away,” she said. “It was beyond exciting. I was like a little girl, wanting to get on top of the horse. I was so honored. What a compliment from a man who has the eye for so much art.”

She even did a double-take when she stumbled across the SW restaurant at the resort. “Steve Wynn has the same initials as Stephan,” she quipped. “For a second I thought, ‘Stephan has a restaurant here too?’”

FASHION LINKS: If you were trying to get one of the top apparel or retail honchos on the phone Monday to talk about the Neiman Marcus deal, you would have been better off heading to the golf course. Roger Farah, Marvin Traub, Bob Skinner, Gilbert Harrison, Jay Diamond, Larry Leeds, Abbey Doneger and John and Laura Pomerantz skipped work on Monday and were among the 110 golfers who participated in the Inaugural FIT Golf Classic at the Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y. The event, sponsored by The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, raised more than $200,000 and netted more than $130,000 for the Educational Development Fund to support scholarships, curriculum development and financial aid.

This story first appeared in the May 6, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

HELLO DOLLY: Evidently being dressed by designers like Giorgio Armani and Donatella Versace just wasn’t enough for Barbie. The world’s most famous doll is once again making her fashion statement, this time for her biggest fans. Benetton and Mattel have inked a deal for a new fashion collection targeting girls ages three to 12. The collection, which bows in Benetton stores across the world in September, comprises more than 50 apparel and accessories pieces, ranging from colorful Fair Isle sweaters to orange legwarmers, cropped jeans and suede sneakers. Benetton said it turned to the “world’s leading style capitals”: London, Paris, New York and Stockholm for inspiration. It’s presenting items grouped into looks representing each city. The London line, for example, features punkish lace-up boots and a T-shirt printed with a crown, while the Stockholm portion includes pink earmuffs and a bag shaped like a polar bear. Benetton said it expects the first fall season of the clothes to generate about 8 million euros, or $10.36 million at current exchange rates, in company revenues. As part of the deal, Mattel and Benetton are issuing four “Barbie Loves Benetton” dolls wearing miniature versions of the clothing line. The dolls will be sold in Benetton stores and in major toy retailers. A special Christmas apparel collection and doll are planned for the holiday season.

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